Laramie County Special Election Turnout 34 Percent
Unofficial figures show 14,257 voters cast ballots in the sixth-penny sales tax election out of a total number of 41,983 in the county.
Lee says she thinks part of the reason for the relatively low percentage of voters who turned out on Tuesday was that a record number of residents cast votes in the November 2016 presidential election. Lee says ''I think that kind of inflated our voter registration number, which then made the number of people who showed up to vote on Tuesday look less."
But she says even factoring in an increase of about 10,000 voters from November "We were still pretty low. I'm thinking maybe 40 percent" of the pre-November registered voter pool.
Lee says she was disappointed that more people didn't take the time to cast ballots. Voters decided the fate of nine ballot propositions that were put forward for funding through the optional sixth-penny sales tax.
While three of the propositions passed easily, the votes on the other six were quite close, with five of them decided by only about a couple of percentage points and the other by four percentage points. One of the proposals, proposition one, was approved by a margin of only .72 of the voters.
Under Wyoming law, any election result with a margin of 1 percent or less triggers an automatic recount. As of mid-day Wednesday the recount on that proposition was underway but had yet to be completed.