Voters in Wyoming would not be able to switch their political party affiliation on primary election day under a measure passed Tuesday by the state Senate. The bill was approved on a 20-10 vote and sent to the House of Representatives, which is working on its own version of the measure. Wyoming currently allows voters to change party affiliation on primary or general election day. That has some members of the Republican Party, the dominant political party in the state, complaining that Democratic crossover voters can unfairly influence Wyoming’s GOP primaries.
The bill approved by the Senate would not allow people to switch their party affiliation over about five weeks leading up to the primary election or on the day of the primary. Under the proposal. a political party could opt out of the limits and allow voters to switch on the day of the primary election.
“It’s not OK for somebody that’s outside your club, so to speak, to pick your membership for you,” said state Sen. Bo Biteman, R-Ranchester and the main sponsor of the legislation. “That’s a pretty good deal if you’re the minority party.”