POINT PLEASANT — Early voting in West Virginia begins today and continues through Saturday, May 7.
According to County Clerk Diana Cromley, early voting hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays during the early voting period. Early voting takes places on the second floor of the Mason County Courthouse in the County Commission room. Polls are open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. May 10 at polling places across Mason County on election day if early voting is not an option.
Cromley and her staff were busy setting up the early voting room on Tuesday which includes six voting machines. At 4 p.m. Tuesday, a testing of the voting software was successfully completed with Cromley, members of her staff, Commissioners Rick Handley and Miles Epling, Ballot Commissioners Tanya Handley and Carrie Supple and Point Pleasant City Clerk Amber Tatterson in attendance. The city clerk is the representative at the testing due to the municipal election also being on the May 10 ballot for those voting in Point Pleasant.
Cromley said voters which are casting GOP ballots, should be aware there are several pages of delegates to the national convention to get through before voters get to the nonpartisan races, such as judges, magistrates, board of education and the City of Point Pleasant ballot, where applicable. Though the Democratic ballot isn’t as long, Cromley said the same applies in terms of the nonpartisan races coming at the end of the ballot.
For those wishing to get familiar with the ballot they’re voting prior to casting those votes, sample ballots are hanging on the wall outside the county clerk’s office on the second floor of the court house.
For those registered as an independent, these voters will only be given a ballot with nonpartisan races unless that voter requests to vote either a GOP or Democrat ballot. Poll workers will not and cannot ask independent voters if they want the option of also voting a Republican or Democrat ballot, as well as in non-partisan races, that request is only up to the voter to make but is available to them. Independents will not receive a ballot with both Republican and Democrat candidates on it, again, they must pick one party or the other, or just vote in the nonpartisan races.
Another important reminder in terms of the Mason County Board of Education races, anyone in Mason County can vote for any one of the eight candidates no matter which district a voter resides in, even if they reside in a different district than the candidate they wish to vote for resides. The vacant school board positions are available to candidates registered in Magisterial Districts I, III or IV. The top two candidates receiving the most votes will be declared the winners as long as their districts will not be represented on the school board by more than two members. Current School Board Member Jared Billings represents District IV, while School Board Members Greg Fowler and Dale Shobe both represent District II.
Also, the Point Pleasant Register will be running free profiles of candidates in contested races only next week. The materials submission deadline is 5 p.m. Sunday, May 1. Candidate submission guidelines are as follows:
- In 100 words or less, list your employment and educational background. You may also include any community or church organizations you are involved with but remember, it must be in 100 words or less.
- In 150 words or less, answer the question: “Why I decided to run for this office?”
- One head shot or photo of the candidate may be submitted.
Due to available space in the print edition, the word limit restrictions must be followed. The Point Pleasant Register reserves the right to edit the material to fit the word count stipulation which ensures all candidates get a fair and balanced space to express their platforms. Please keep responses contained to a candidate’s qualifications and issues.
The preferred method of submission is via email at [email protected] or, materials can be dropped off at the Register’s office during regular business hours, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday-Friday (office is closed from noon-1 p.m. for lunch). There is a “night deposit drop” on the side of the building that faces the Twin Towers if candidates wish to leave materials there.
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