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Election Forums & Voting Information

Part of the Chamber’s Mission is to educate our member base on issues affecting them to ensure the health and function of our businesses and the greater community. This is accomplished by providing avenues and venues for chamber and community members to get informed on issues that directly affect them, including local, regional, and national issues. Election & Voter education on the Chambers part takes place in the form of web seminars, election forums, news bulletins, and press releases.   

 

Upcoming Election Forums

All Candidates will be asked to present their platforms, stances, and opinions on a variety of issues facing the county and region submitted in the form of pre-written questions September 20th, Noon – 1:15 pm: Teton County Commissioners • Peter Long (R) • Kasey Mateosky (R) • Tom…

All Candidates will be asked to present their platforms, stances, and opinions on a variety of issues facing the county and region submitted in the form of pre-written questions • Katherine “Kat” Rueckert • Jonathan Schechter • Devon Viehman • Arne Olaus Jorgensen

State Government

The Wyoming State Government Constitutes three branches of government, including the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. The Governor leads the executive branch and includes the Secretary of State, who oversees Wyoming’s elections. The State Auditor, Treasurer, and Superintendent of Public Instruction. The state legislature comprises the senate, with 30 members, and the house, with 60 members. State Senators serve four-year terms without term limits, while State Representatives serve two-year terms without term limits. The state has one at-large seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and three votes in the U.S. Electoral College.    

Election & Voting Resources

Wyoming Secretary of State Voter's Guide 2022

Are Wyoming Elections Secure?

Check Your Registration Status 

How to Register

Request an Absentee Ballot 

Military and Oversees Voters 

 
Ballot Initiatives & SPET  

Ballot Initiatives may be instituted by citizens of Wyoming as a State Statute. Citizens also have the power to repeal legislation via a veto referendum. Legislatures may avert ballot measures by passing similar legislation. Citizens do not have the ability to initiate constitutional amendments. This power resides in the Wyoming State Legislature, which requires a two-thirds majority from each chamber to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot. To learn more, click here.

WHAT IS A SPET MEASURE?

The Special Purpose Excise Tax (SPET) is a 1% (or 1c) of sales tax collection that goes towards voter approved initiatives. Teton County tax rate is 6% (4% WY state sales tax, 1% local county option, 1% SPET). The number of projects approved does not increase the amount of tax imposed, it just extends the collection timeframe. If no new proposals are approved the tax ends when the previously approved projects are fully funded.

The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce strongly supports voting in the SPET elections. A tried and tested process when the community voices its opinion on priorities for future sales tax funding.

SPET Elections show the power of the relationship and the necessary coexistence and compatible outcomes that are business friendly and community friendly. Business is community and community is business. Over 60% of the total SPET revenue comes from non-residents. This tax is the best way to leverage our tourism economy for improved quality of life for residents.

WHATS ON THE BALLOT NOV 2022?

In 2022, there will be 15 items to consider (see below). They have been vetted for their feasibility, readiness, and legality by the Town Council and County Commission. This body of ten agreed on the final applications via a process of meetings that largely reviewed community need/impact, budget amounts/value and ability to deliver.

Workforce housing takes multiple partners to bring to fruition including private financing, public investment and often philanthropy. The Chamber is involved as a stakeholder in conversations with all these partners looking for collaboration. If you would like to become more involved in workforce housing discussions call the Chamber.

The Chamber is an active stakeholder in the Teton Transportation Coalition. The Teton Transportation Coalition is a group of organizations and concerned citizens who support transportation solutions in Teton County and the surrounding region. We support funding to move towards our community’s collective transportation goals.

The Chamber advocates year-round for Member issues under the foundation of working with all elected officials, understanding not all will agree with our position and ensuring we educate anyone who influences policy, not just elected officials.

OUR POSITION

Historically the Chamber of Commerce has advocated for certain ballot initiatives, but this has not included specific SPET items. As a strong membership organization with many individual member opinions, our Board of Directors has decided to continue this precedent and not advocate or oppose any specific SPET item.

However, from 2021 membership surveying we know their priorities are workforce housing and transportation issues, and we would not be meeting our mission if we did not listen to our members.

Therefore, we are strongly encouraging all residents to become educated on the solutions that some of the SPET items will bring for workforce housing and multi-modal transportation (Ballot #’s 1,3,6,8,12,14). 

What Next?

Make sure you are registered to vote

Vote on SPET items this election day Nov 8

For this year's SPET items, click here.