By a slim margin, Wyomingites voted not to amend the state Constitution.
Though statewide the votes in favor of the amendment, 126,486 votes, outnumbered the votes against, 120,743 votes, more than 30,000 undervotes prevented the total number of votes in favor to reach the threshold of 50% required to amend the Constitution.
Campbell County voted overwhelmingly against Amendment A, a measure that would provide more financial freedom for municipalities when it comes to debt loads on sewer projects.
A total of 17,336 votes were cast on the issue in the county with 10,027, or 57.84%, against the measure and 7,309, or 42.16%, in favor of the amendment.
Without a change, the constitution limits the amount of debt to 4% of a municipality’s assessed valuation.
Amendment A proposed to remove the limit on debt municipalities can carry on sewer projects and replace the limitation with authorization for the Legislature to prescribe by law the debt limit.
According to Ballotpedia, a nonprofit website that is a digital encyclopedia of American politics and elections, the Wyoming Legislature has referred 26 constitutional amendments to the ballot between 1996 and 2018. Of those, 18 have been approved and eight rejected.
Editors note: This story has been updated to reflect that although the number of votes in favor of the amendment outnumber the numbers against it, the votes in favor of the amendment did not reach the required 50% threshold required to amend due to the number of undervotes.