Absentee voting in LCCC bond election wraps Monday

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Cheyenne, Wyo. - Today is last day for absentee voting in the Laramie County Community College bond election

Monday (11/6/17) is the last day a Laramie County voter can receive an absentee ballot for the special election on the $29.8 million LCCC bond issue.

The voter-approved bond measure would help fund three projects; a new, 350-bed residence hall on campus; renovation of existing arts education space and construction of a new auditorium/event space; and renovation and expansion of the existing student recreation, wellness and athletics space.

Voters wishing to receive an absentee ballot need to go to the county clerk’s election office in the Laramie County Governmental Complex at 309 W 20th Street. The office will be open until 5:00 p.m. to process voters’ requests for ballots.

Voters who have an absentee ballot must turn it into the county clerk not later than 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Ballots received after the deadline will not be counted.

As of close of business on Friday (11/3/17), over 1700 voters requested an absentee ballot and 85 percent of these have returned their ballots to the clerk.

The LCCC bond election will be held tomorrow, Tues., Nov. 7; and 13 vote centers will be open for voters from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Vote centers where voters can register and vote are: Storey Gym, 2811 House Ave; Kiwanis Community House, 4603 Lions Park Dr; VFW 1881, 2816 E 7th ; Cheyenne Berean Church, 5716 Powderhouse Rd; Cheyenne Alliance Church, 5200 Ridge Rd; First Congregational Church, 3501 Forest Dr; Yellowstone Baptist Church, 9204 Yellowstone; LCCC, 1400 E College Dr; David Romero Park, 1317 Parsley Blvd; Laramie County Fair, 3965 Archer Pkwy, ‘M’ Bldg; Burns Plex, 327 S Main; and Pine Bluffs Community Center, 708 Lawson St.
Voters can find the nearest vote centers by entering an address on the clerk’s website https://maps.laramiecounty.com/votecenters/ or they may call the clerk’s office at (307) 633-4242.

The total cost for all three projects is about $60 million; however, LCCC is asking support from voters for only half of that amount. That money combined with state funding, student-approved fees and room and board will help with improvement efforts at the campus.

LCCC President Dr. Joe Schaffer admits that they may be asking for a lot from the community in addition to continued support of the $46 million-dollar Flex-Tech and Pathfinder buildings that were approved in a 2013 bond election. However, Schaffer says, "We hope that for that investment, that they'll see the continued return and value in what they're getting from LCCC." He says the updated facilities will help improve learning and hopefully improve student retention and recruitment.

Schaffer also believes these additions can lead to more students which in turn can help build a diverse population in Laramie County and help the economy prosper.

The estimated tax impact is $1.50 per month per $100,000 of a home’s actual value.

Offices of the Laramie County Clerk, except for Real Estate and Recording, will be closed for business on Tuesday, Nov. 7, due to the LCCC bond election. The reason for the closure is that staff will be assisting at vote centers during the special election. Offices closed during Tuesday’s election are Motor Vehicle Titles, Marriage Licenses, Administration, Finance, and the Records Center.