JACKSON, Wyo. — Voters reported feeling safe headed to the polls during a time of COVID and found, for the most part, the process to be convenient and easy.
Turnout, however, showed some voters were dismayed enough to not participate in the 2020 primary as they did in previous years. The 41.7% turnout was off the pace of 2018 when 43.7% of registered voters cast a ballot. In the last presidential year primary, 49% of registered voters showed up at the polls.
One interesting note for the 2020 primary was Dem turnout—it was massive. Some 2,975 of the ballots were cast by Democrats, good enough for a 54.3% turnout—the best Democrat voters have ever shown at the primary polls and the first time ever in the history of Teton County that Democrats outperformed Republicans in terms of registered voters actually voting. GOP registered voters made only a 47.3% turnout on Tuesday.
For town council—Pete Muldoon, Jim Rooks, and Devon Viehman—will move on, with one of the two candidates mounting write-in campaigns—Jessica Sell Chambers and Jennifer Ford—battling for the final spot as only four candidates can appear on the general election ballot for the two open council seats.
For the mayor’s seat, Hailey Morton Levinson was the only candidate to file and appear on the primary ballot. Michael Kudar, running a write-in campaign, will most likely appear on the general ballot by virtue of the 711 total write-ins received, even though they have not yet been counted.
“I am delighted with the overwhelming response to my write-in candidacy tonight,” Kudar said. “We achieved a record number of write-ins in a Mayoral primary election, which shows the groundswell of support for bringing Jackson together and ending the divisive tenure of Pete Muldoon and my opponent.”
With two open seats on the board of county commissioners, both sides of the ticket will advance their two candidates. All four will square off along with Independent Wes Gardner in November for two open seats on the BCC.
1,556 Hailey Morton Levinson (68.6%)
711 Write-ins (expected to be counted by Friday morning)
1,441 Jim Rooks (35.3%)
1,234 Pete Muldoon (30.2%)
1,068 Devon Viehman (26.7%)
339 Write-ins (expected to be counted by Friday morning)
County Commissioner GOP
1,969 Peter Long (58.7%)
1,234 Christian Beckwith (36.8%)
County Commissioner DEM
2,444 Natalia Macker (53.7%)
1,950 Greg Epstein (42.9%)
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