- Wyoming residents head to the polls on Tuesday to vote in the state’s primary elections.
- Republican congresswoman Rep. Liz Cheney is seeking support from Democrats.
- A voting information page on her campaign website even includes directions on how individuals can change their party so they can vote for her.
Wyoming residents will head to the polls on Tuesday to vote in the state’s primary elections, and Republican congresswoman Rep. Liz Cheney is seeking support from an uncommon source: Democrats.
While only members of a certain party are permitted to vote in that party’s primary in Wyoming, same-day voter registration is permitted. This implies that people can switch parties on the same day they vote, thus Democrats can become Republicans simply to vote for Cheney in the Republican primary, where her major competitor is Harriet Hageman.
“When Liz Cheney’s only hope is to appeal to Democrats to raid a Republican primary, you know she has gone all the way over to Nancy Pelosi’s side,” Hageman’s campaign manager Carly Miller told Wyoming Public Media. “Wyoming is fed up with Cheney, and it’s too late for any election shenanigans to save her.”
Cheney, a member of the House since 2017, enraged many Republicans with her criticism of former President Donald Trump, particularly her major role as one of two Republicans on the House January 6 Committee. Trump has endorsed Hageman in his bid to replace Cheney.
With prominent Republicans such as Trump and Texas Senator Ted Cruz seeking to pull existing Republican votes away from Cheney, the incumbent is hoping to convert new ones to preserve her. A voting information page on her campaign website even includes directions on how individuals can change their party so they can vote for her.
According to the website, a voter can register as a Republican up to 14 days before the primary date, when they seek an absentee ballot, or on the day of the election at the polling place.
According to Wyoming Public Media, whether as a result of Cheney’s efforts or not, there has been a flip in voter registration figures since January, with Democrats losing about 7,000 people and Republicans gaining more than 11,000 voters.
Mike Sullivan, the former Democratic governor of Wyoming, is among those who plan to vote in the Republican primary. For him, it was “a choice between the politics of courage, character, and integrity or revenge, vindication, and anarchy,” he told the Star-Tribune.
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