The Wyoming Campaign Practices Act (W.S. 22-25-101 – 115) applies to candidates for Governor, Secretary of State, State Auditor, State Treasurer, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, State Legislature, County Offices, School and Community College Board Trustees and Municipal Offices as well as Supreme Court Justices, District and Circuit Court Judges and Magistrates standing for retention in office. Anyone violating any of the provisions of The Wyoming Campaign Practices Act may be guilty of a misdemeanor or felony resulting in a fine, incarceration, or both.
A candidate is not required to have a candidate’s campaign committee. However, if two or more persons join together for the purpose of raising, collecting, or expending money to be used in the aid of the election of a specific candidate for public office, a campaign committee is to be formed (W.S. 22-1-102(a)(vii)). A Statement of Formation must be filed within ten (10) days after formation.
If a candidate has a committee, remember that both the committee and the candidate must report, whether the candidate is successful or not. This includes candidates who neither receive nor spend any money during the campaign. Refer to W.S. 22-25-107(a) to determine where to file all forms.
- At least seven (7) days before an election, file the fully itemized Statement of Receipts Only report
- No later than ten (10) days after the primary, general, or special election, file the Statement of Receipts and Expenditures report.
- Fully itemize all receipts (contributions) over $25 and itemize all expenditures on the reports
- Amendments to filed reports may be filed at any time, but must be made within 90 days from the time the error or additional receipts and expenditures become known. Net changes amounting to less than $50 do not need to be reported. An Amendment Form is available from the WY Secretary of State’s Website.
Terminating the Committee:
Once all committee debts are retired, the committee may terminate by filing a Candidate’s Campaign Committee Termination Report. Candidates filing with the County Clerk may also terminate by checking the appropriate box on the final Statement of Receipts and Expenditures report.
The 2010 Wyoming Campaign Guide available through the WY Secretary of State’s Website served as the primary resource for the above information.
Other Forms & Filings available through the WY Secretary of State’s Website include Filing as a candidate for various Public Offices, Political Action Committees (PACs), Political Party Formation, etc. Note: Expand the “Elections” link on the “Forms & Filings” page.
To request public information regarding registered voters within the county, complete a Voter Information Request Affidavit and submit with any necessary fees to the Albany County Clerk – Elections Office.
Candidates for Special District Directors:
Applications for Conservation District, Fire District, Hospital District, and School Board are filed at the Albany County Clerk’s Elections Office. Applications for Election to Director of an Improvement and Service District or a Water and Sewer District are to be submitted to your respective Special District. Special District filing deadlines can be found on the Secretary of State Office’s Election Calendar.
Application for Election to Supervisor of a Conservation District
Application for Election to Director of a Fire District
Application for Election to Trustee of a Hospital District
Application for Election to Director of an Improvement and Service District
Application for Election to Trustee of a School Board
Application for Election to Director of a Water and Sewer District