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Primary election day in Johnson county

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Wyoming's primary elections were held on Tuesday, Aug. 18 across the state including three different polling locations in Johnson County. Kaycee had it's own polling location and Buffalo had it's two: one at the Catholic Church Annex and the second in the gym at the Bomber Mountain Civic Center. Masks were encouraged but not required at the polling places for voters and hand sanitizers were provided, as well as single-use pens to limit shared items and surfaces. This collection of images includes both of Buffalo's polling locations as well as the courthouse, where absentee ballots were counted and final results were announced in the evening. 

Richard Trembley holds the door for his wife Pat after they finished voting

Richard Trembley holds the door for his wife Pat after they finished voting in Tuesday’s primary election. The pair said they vote in every election. “I want to know whose running the country,” Richard said about his reasons for voting.

Rod Edelman decorated his hat with his “I Voted Today” sticker

Rod Edelman decorated his hat with his “I Voted Today” sticker, and brought it with him to the courthouse where he was waiting for primary results on Tuesday. Edelman was one of the early arrivals waiting for results but by the time results were read, about a dozen spread themselves in the Clerk’s office to hear the tallied counts.

Hand sanitizer bottles sat on every table for use by election judges

Hand sanitizer bottles sat on every table for use by election judges and by voters. Other changes included the provision of single use pens to fill out ballots. Voters received a pen to vote with and then were asked to keep the pen afterwards.

The Bomber Mountain Civic Center was the polling location

The Bomber Mountain Civic Center was the polling location for eight different districts during the primary election on Tuesday. Voters checked in at their registration tables before moving to private cubicles to fill out their ballots.

Tynie Shaw, left, and Michael Bacon spent their downtime reading magazines

Tynie Shaw, left, and Michael Bacon spent their downtime reading magazines during the in-person primary voting on Tuesday. Shaw was reading from Farm & Ranch Living and Bacon from AOPA (an aviation magazine). Shaw said that she knew their district, 10-15, was small but that overall she felt like there were less people coming in person.

Marilyn Connolly wipes down the chairs set out for voters at the registration station

Marilyn Connolly wipes down the chairs set out for voters at the registration station on Tuesday at the Bomber Mountain Civic Center. Connolly said she has never helped with an election before. She decided to come help because of COVID-19, wanting to help make sure everything stayed clean and safe for voters coming in person.

Brandi Carter delivered a few trays of food for the election judges

Brandi Carter delivered a few trays of food for the election judges early Tuesday morning. The trays were kept in the kitchen as snacks for the judges to eat over the course of the day. Carter works in the clerks office.

Nancy Barfield modified her shirt with an embroidered American flag and silhouette

Nancy Barfield modified her shirt with an embroidered American flag and Wyoming cowboy silhouette to wear on election day on Tuesday. Barfield also made shirts for the other election judges, although she was the only one who wore it to the primary. She also added red, white and blue ribbon to the face shields that the judges were wearing.

Tanna Nielsen, left, and Shannon Sickler take a break from sanitizing

Tanna Nielsen, left, and Shannon Sickler take a break from sanitizing at the Catholic Church Annex polling location on Tuesday. The pair worked to clean the doors that people were entering through as well as the voting booths.

Bill Schilling checks in with the front table, confirming his voting district

Bill Schilling checks in with the front table, confirming his voting district and which table to pick up his ballot from. Schilling was excited to vote on Tuesday. “I’m very much a constitutionalist. I believe our constitution is at risk,” Schilling said about why he came out to vote this year. He continued by saying that he researches and fact checks everything in order to stay educated about the issues.

Bags of absentee ballots lay next to the table

Bags of absentee ballots lay next to the table where absentee ballots are being counted, registered and fed into the voting machines on Tuesday at the courthouse. The ballots are sorted by district and are fed into the machine on election day.

Sheila Camino, left, and Barbara Hartley laugh with coworkers

Sheila Camino, left, and Barbara Hartley laugh with coworkers Colleen Kirven and Lois Petersen as they process the absentee ballots for the county on Tuesday. The four had their own ballot machine labeled for absentee ballots only.

Colleen Kirven feeds absentee ballots into the ballot machine

Colleen Kirven feeds absentee ballots into the ballot machine in the courthouse on Tuesday. This team was tasked specifically with working with all the absentee ballots, which they thought would be an all day affair.

Mary Alice Gurnie taps her nose when asked a question while waiting for the final results

Mary Alice Gurnie taps her nose when asked a question while waiting for the final results to be tallied on Tuesday. Gurnie worked with Mary Klaahsen and Kelly West to unload the locked bags as they arrived at the courthouse.

Mark Bentley rests on his fist next to Scott Madson

Mark Bentley rests on his fist next to Scott Madson as the two wait for the reading of election results on Tuesday. Madson is running for city council along with David Iverson, who was also at the courthouse awaiting results.

Clerk's office employees, candidates and local news reporters gathered to hear election results

A collection of clerk’s office employees, candidates and local news reporters gathered to hear the election results read by county clerk Vicki Edelman on Tuesday. Results were read less than half an hour before the final data was delivered from Kaycee.

Results were noted by courthouse guests in a variety of ways including audio recording and handwritten notes

Results were noted by courthouse guests in a variety of ways including audio recording and handwritten notes. Some stuck around after the results were read to receive a packet, others just came to listen.

Sarah Case sits on the stairs of the courthouse as she calls in the polling numbers

Sarah Case sits on the stairs of the courthouse as she calls in the polling numbers for Johnson county to the Associated Press on Tuesday. Case is a former journalist who now works as a stringer for the AP and came over from Gillette to report for Johnson County.

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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