As Republican legislatures across the country pass various restrictions on voting, Wyoming remains one of the easiest states in which to cast a ballot. Residents do not need to provide identification when they go to the polls, and they can even register to vote on the day of the election. But House Bill 167, filed at the Wyoming Legislature last week, would change that by requiring people to show photo identification when they go to vote. The measure is sponsored by Rep. Lars Lone, R-Cheyenne, who said that during the general election in November he was not asked for photo identification. “I was given a ballot for (House) District 44, and I’m in 12,” he said.
A photo ID would eliminate such mistakes, because a person’s address would be on the ID, he said. “There’s no consistency among our districts when we go to the polls,” he said.
Lone said his Filipino-American wife, a naturalized citizen, was asked for a photo ID when she voted. “She’s Asian, I’m white,” he said. “She showed her ID. I didn’t. I got the wrong ballot. But she got the right one.”
The Wyoming Secretary of State’s office had announced before the election that some recent citizens would have to present proof of citizenship due to problems with a database.