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Laws governing local ballot measures in Wyoming

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A guide to local ballot initiatives
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No Wyoming local governments have an initiative and referendum process for local ballot measures.

This article sets out the laws governing local ballot measures in Wyoming. It explains:

  • Which local units of government make the initiative process available to residents.
  • How and whether local units of government, including school districts, can refer local ballot measures (such as school bond propositions) to the ballot.
  • An overview of laws governing local recall elections.

Types of local government

Local government in Wyoming consists of:

  • 23 county governments.
  • 99 city and town governments.
  • In addition, there are 618 special districts and 55 independent school districts.[1]

School districts

See also: School bond and tax elections in Wyoming

Wyoming has three different kinds of school finance elections for issuing bonds, creating or repaying building funds, or instituting special taxes for adult education programs. In Wyoming, bonds are only allowed for capital improvements, renovations, or the construction of school facilities. They cannot be used to retire debt or pay other obligations. Wyoming also requires school districts to hold an election if they wish to issue a new tax (up to two and a half million) to help create new adult education programs. Building funds can be created for school districts on voter approval, provided that a certain minimum amount of funding is raised across the specified number of years.

Local recall rules

The recall of local elected government officials in Wyoming is governed by Wyo. Stat. §15-4-110. This statute applies to "cities and charter counties whether or not they have adopted recall provisions."

For additional detail, see: Laws governing recall in Wyoming

Initiative process availability

There are no local units of government in Wyoming that make the initiative process available. There is a state prescribed process for local initiative and referendum for cities with a commission form of government, but, at present, there are no such cities in Wyoming.[2]

Authority

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Constitution

The Wyoming Constitution makes no reference to local initiative and referendum.

Statutes

Wyoming Statutes 22-23-1001 gives cities with the commission form of government the power to enact ordinances through initiative and referendum.[3]

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Wyoming Statutes Title 22, Chapter 23, Article 10 describes the initiative and referendum process which is allowed in commission cities.[4]


Initiative process in the top 10 most populated cities

List of Most Populated Cities in Wyoming
City[5] Population City Type Next election
Cheyenne 60,096 General law N/A
Casper 55,988 General law N/A
Laramie 31,312 General law N/A
Gillette 29,389 Charter N/A
Rock Springs 23,229 General law N/A
Sheridan 17,517 General law N/A
Green River 12,622 Charter N/A
Evanston 12,282 General law N/A
Riverton 10,867 General law N/A
Jackson 9,710 Charter N/A

There are no local units of government in Wyoming that make the initiative process available.

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