Wyoming Senate Passes Bill To Allow Tribal IDs For Voter Registration

Wyoming Public Media,  March 12, 2020

"County Clerks in Wyoming could soon be required by state law to accept tribal ID cards for voter registration, provided the ID lists the applicant's driver's license number or last four digits of their social security number.

The legislature's Select Committee on Tribal Relations began drafting a bill to that affect last summer after an investigation found that poll workers in Fremont County were confused about whether or not they could accept tribal IDs to register voters for the 2018 midterm election. The senate passed the final version of that bill unanimously and without debate on Tuesday.


[Representative Lloyd Larsen] said the change will simplify the voter registration process for tribal members, particularly those who do not have a valid driver's license.

Both the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone Business Councils expressed support for the bill before it was introduced. However, some tribal leaders would prefer that the legislation go further. Eastern Shoshone Business Councilwoman Karen Snyder said that the default format for Eastern Shoshone Tribal IDs does not include a driver's license number or last four digits of social security.


Larsen acknowledged tribal leaders' frustrations, but said accepting tribal IDs without that extra information would put the state in violation of the 2002 Help America Vote Act.

Fort Washakie Representative Andi Clifford called the bill an important step in the right direction. She said that when Tribal Relations began work on the bill last year, several committee members and even Wyoming's Secretary of State had never seen a tribal ID before."

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Hannah Piercey