Special Committee on Election Contest

Process for Addressing Contest

After opening ceremonies in the Wyoming House of Representatives on Tuesday at Noon, the incoming Speaker of the Wyoming House of Representatives, Edward Buchanan, will outline procedures to address the contested election in House District 45. At that time, Representative Buchanan will appoint a special committee to hear the election contest, as outlined in Rule 15 of the Joint Rules of the House and Senate. As outlined in JR15-1(a), Speaker Buchanan will appoint a special nine-member committee in the House. The Speaker will also appoint a chairman of the committee. The special committee is scheduled to begin holding hearings on the election contest Wednesday afternoon in Room 302 of the Capitol.

Advance notice of the committee’s meetings will be posted in the same manner in the Capitol and on the Legislature’s Website as regular standing committee meetings during the legislative session. Notices of the date, time and location of meetings will be available in advance of the committee’s meetings on the Wyoming Legislature’s Website.

The special committee will provide a report of its findings and final recommendation to the Wyoming House of Representatives, no later than the fourth legislative day following the date the committee was appointed, as specified in JR15-1(d). The committee’s final recommendation will be to either sustain or reject the election contest.

The Wyoming House of Representatives will consider the committee’s findings and final recommendation as soon as practicable, but no later than the second legislative day following receipt of the committee report, as specified in JR15-1(e)(1). As noted in this section of the rules, only a motion to sustain or reject the election contest shall be in order and the motion is debatable.

Following the vote on the contest by the Wyoming House of Representatives, the Speaker of the House will inform the Governor and Secretary of State of the decision. The decision of the Wyoming House of Representatives on the election challenge, as delineated in JR 15-1(g), is final and is not subject to appeal.