Tuesday, May 13 was the final day of voting in Mason County’s Primary Election. I say final day because early voting opportunities were available from April 25 until May 10 and absentee voting was available from March 28 until May 6. I want to thank the 3,052 Patriots in Mason County who voted this spring and tell you about a voter in our community that was so determined to exercise her right to vote she chose to walk over two miles to her polling place on Election Day. (Yes you read that correctly: WALK and two MILES). However, upon her arrival she was alerted to the fact that since she was registered with a political party that is not recognized as a major party in West Virginia, the ballot she would receive was nonpartisan. She graciously refused to vote because she had wanted a certain party ballot. She then trekked the two miles back to her home. Later that day when I visited the polling place, the poll workers relayed her story to me. I checked her registration information and determined that she was in fact eligible to request and receive either a Democrat or Republican ballot. Immediately I got directions to her home and drove there to tell her that she could in fact vote the ballot she had originally requested and I offered to take her to her polling place. Let me just say that it was a pleasure to drive her back to her precinct after seeing how excited she was upon hearing my news. It was so refreshing to see a citizen of our country so enthusiastic about actively participating in our democratic system. Thanks again to the 3,052 voters in our primary election and I invite the other 14,000 plus registered voters to take advantage of this privilege you have been given and vote in our democratic republic in the fall general election.
Mason County Clerk Diana Cromley