I don’t think anyone in Wyoming is more capable of supervising an election during the COVID-19 pandemic than Debra Lee. Not only does she understand how vital it is to protect people’s voting rights; she’s put her life on the line doing so.

“I’ve been shot at, evacuated and had the windows of my home blown out,” said Lee, the Laramie County clerk since 2016. “If I hadn’t made the decision one day to go to the bank instead of joining a group of election officials to look at some quarantined ballots, I would have been kidnapped in Afghanistan.”

The Drake’s Take is a weekly column by veteran Wyoming journalist Kerry Drake, and produced by WyoFile.com, a nonprofit news organization focused on Wyoming people, places and policy.

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