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Amendments’ fates to be decided by voters Nov. 6

Posted: Friday, Nov 2nd, 2012

Information from Wyoming League of Women Voters

EVANSTON — The fate of a trio of proposed Wyoming constitutional amendments will be decided this coming Tuesday, Nov. 6, on general election day. Uinta County Clerk Lana Wilcox, in an interview with the Herald, warned voters that, under Wyoming law, those who do not vote “yea” or “nay” on any of the three measures are essentially registering a “no” vote.

“They each have to receive an affirmative vote from a majority of all voters,” Wilcox said. “So, if you have 100 people vote, and 51 people leave it blank, though the other 49 voted for it, it doesn’t pass. If you leave it blank, it’s basically a vote against it.”

Wilcox said her office has been informing absentee voters of the way the law is structured, and election judges at poll places will also be reminding voters Nov. 6.

An explanation of the hotly-contested Amendment A, similar to those from other states hoping to “opt out” of the new federal health care law, reads on the ballot as follows:

“The adoption of this amendment will provide that the right to make health care decisions is reserved to the citizens of the state of Wyoming. It permits any person to pay and any health care provider to receive direct payment for services. The amendment permits the legislature to place reasonable and necessary restrictions on health care consistent with the purposes of the Wyoming Constitution and provides that this state shall act to preserve these rights from undue governmental infringement.”

Proposed Amendment B reasserts the rights of Wyoming residents to fish, hunt and trap wildlife within the state. The ballot reads:

“The adoption of this amendment will recognize and preserve the heritage of Wyoming citizens’ opportunity to fish, hunt and trap wildlife, subject to regulation as prescribed by law.”

Proposed Amendment C would expand the job of district court commissioners in the state to lessen the caseload on judges. The ballot description of the proposed measure reads:

“The adoption of this amendment would expand the authority of district court commissioners. If the amendment is adopted, a district court commissioner could perform additional duties assigned by a district court judge, subject to any restrictions the legislature may impose by law.”

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