Should 30% Choose the Winner?

Senate File 145, currently being discussed in the Wyoming Legislative session, would require the winning party candidate have 50% or more of the vote in order to move on to the general election. If it passes, all partisan elections above the county level in the State of Wyoming will require the winning candidate in each race have a majority (>50%) of the votes, rather than a basic plurality, to be declared the nominee for the general election. If no candidate in the primary exceeds that 50% threshold, there will be a runoff election between the top two candidates. This approach assures that the candidate running in the general election receives the support of the majority of the registered party members.

This bill, the text of which can be found online at, provides changes that would take effect for the 2022 primary elections.