Wyoming 2008 ballot news archive

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Group seeks property tax relief

Bill Doenz and John Torbit may start organizing a ballot initiative for 2010 in Wyoming because efforts to deal with the state's dramatically rising property tax bills have come to naught in the Wyoming legislature. The particular issue is steep increases in assessed valuations of residential property leading to correspondingly high property tax bills. Increases in valuation are running 10-75% higher.[1]

Making initiatives even harder in Wyoming

Although Wyoming has not had an initiative on its ballot since 1996, the Wyoming legislature has voted to refer a constitutional amendment to the November ballot that would make it even harder for initiative supporters to qualify measures for the ballot. Amendment B would require sponsors to collect signatures equal to 15 percent of the qualified voters in at least two-thirds of the 30 Senate districts. This means collecting signatures from 20 Senate districts instead of 16 counties.

Constitution Party gives up Wyoming petition

May 20, 2008. Wyoming requires a petition of 2% of the last US House vote, for a new party to get on the ballot. The Constitution Party has never completed this petition, but it had hoped to do so this year. However, the deadline is June 1.[2]

Continuing a trend, no Wyoming initiatives

Wyoming's February 11 petition filing deadline has come and gone. For the 12th year in a row, no initiatives have qualified for its ballot. Wyoming signature requirements are the most burdensome in the country. The last year that citizen-initiated measures appeared on the Wyoming ballot was 1996. Only seven citizen-initiated measures have appeared on this state's ballot since initiative was first authorized in 1968.