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Photos: ‘It’s Been Wonderful:’ Casper lines up to vote in 2020 elections

Eli Hone, 2, reacts after receiving a “Voted” sticker after her grandmother Kim Hone voted on Tuesday morning at the Natrona County Fairgrounds in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. – Rocky Carr served in the Marines during the Vietnam War.

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, he cast his first ever ballot.

“There were never any Marines ever running,” he said. “Trump comes the closest to acting like a Marine.”

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Rocky and Vicky Carr pose together after voting on Tuesday morning at the Natrona County Fairgrounds. Rocky, a Vietnam veteran who served in the Marines, said he voted this year for the first time ever. His vote went to President Trump, who Rocky says “acts like a Marine.” (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Rocky and his wife, Vicky, were among the hundreds in line at the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds on Tuesday morning to cast their ballots in the 2020 election.

The line to vote stretched from the Industrial Building across the parking lot and past the lot’s gate by 7 a.m., when polls opened. It’s not something any of the veteran poll workers have seen in the past.

Voters line up in front of the Industrial Building at the Natrona County Fairgrounds on Tuesday morning in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

“It’s been wonderful,” said election manager on site Ardell Breed. She said there had been more than 1,000 voters through the building by 9:30 a.m.

Nationally, the Associated Press reports that no major problems were reported, and fears of large-scale voter intimidation or harassment had not materialized by midday. Officials in other states have already warned that counting ballots could take days due to an avalanche of mail votes that take more time to process and could result in another round of court battles.

In Casper, election staff started counting the unprecedented number of early and mail-in ballots promptly by 8 a.m. at the Natrona County Courthouse, where stacks of ballots were being prepared to be fed through the tabulation machine.

On Monday, Natrona County clerk Tracy Good said the election office had received “well over 16,000” early ballots since Sept. 18. 

“Of those received about 8,000 have been in-person,” she said.

Staff prepare mail-in and early ballots for the tabulation machine at the Natrona County Courthouse on Tuesday morning in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Good doesn’t foresee any problems in spite of the huge turnout, but she is prepared for what could be an unusually long night.

“I don’t know if it’ll be by midnight (on election day), but we’ll be here until they’re done,” she said. 

Natrona County polls open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday and close at 7 p.m. Information on county polling stations can be found here.

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Sorted and prepared early voting ballots sit ready to be inserted into the tabulation machine for counting on Tuesday morning at the Natrona County Courthouse. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Stacks of ballots are scanned by the tabulation machine at the Natrona County Courthouse on Tuesday morning. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)