The Secretary of State’s office continues on...

As Secretary of State Edward Buchanan moves into his new judgeship in Torrington, many wonder about the office in the interim
Published: Sep. 9, 2022 at 6:10 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - With the primaries behind us, many look to the general election to secure the offices for the year ahead, but there’s an office that is changing sooner than anticipated.

We talked to officials to see what they might mean for Wyomingites and future elections.

With the current Secretary of State Edward Buchanan resigning from his position in mid-September and moving to his newly appointed judgeship in Torrington, many Wyomingites are wondering about the future of his office.

The Republican party must submit three candidates that are not in current office for Gov. Mark Gordon to choose from.

This replacement person will fill in the interim until Jan. when the office opens for the newly elected Secretary of State.

”Really, it’s important for people to know that it’s still going to be business as usual. I have a very professional staff that really makes me look good because they are the ones that have been doing this for decades, “said Edward Buchanan, Secretary of State.

During the last Wyoming primaries, voting security became a rallying cry campaign issue, especially for Republican nominee Chuck Gray.

This resulted in increased security measures across all 23 counties with an almost 100 percent secured return rate.

Buchanan credits County Clerks and his staff’s professionalism for the outcomes.

”We play a supporting role as Chief Elections Officer here and that’s what we do. But it’s the County Clerks and the counties that run elections still,” said Buchanan.

The Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee meeting toward the end of August also created a draft bill to cut back on the Secretary’s duties to oversee the state’s future elections.

But Buchanan says it would still need to be voted on by lawmakers.

“At the end of the day, I think that was just a discussion, a starting point. I don’t know if that will come to fruition but I think that it’s just something that the legislature is considering as far as a policy change,” said Buchanan.

Heading toward November’s general elections, the Republican nominee Chuck Gray is moving forward unopposed. The seat for the Secretary of State will be filled on Jan. 2023.