West Virginia enters early voting last week | news

PRINCETON — A total of 435 of Mercer County’s registered voters cast their ballots in early polling stations Monday, bringing the total to 2,152 as West Virginia enters its final week of early voting before the Nov. 8 election.

By the end of voting Monday, 168 people had voted in the Mercer County Courthouse. Another 74 voted at the Herb Sims Wellness Center on Stadium Drive in Bluefield and 96 at the Covenant Baptist Church near Princeton. The early polling station at the Four Seasons Answering Service in Bluewell served 97 voters, according to the Mercer County Clerk’s Office.

“There was a lot going on today between absenteeism and early voting,” Assistant Secretary Marie Hill said.

The clerk’s office worked to ensure all 45 wards in the county were fully staffed for Election Day.

“We need to have five[poll officials]in each county on election day,” said Verlin Moye, Mercer County Clerk. “If someone calls and cannot come because of an emergency or illness, we strive to fill that position. In certain cases we ran successfully with three workers. The most important thing in this case is that we have a balanced number of parties as witnesses.”

Since the last U.S. census, county lines have been redrawn based on registered voter count and population, Moye said.

Individuals unsure of where to cast their vote can call the Mercer County Voter Registration Office at 304-487-8338 or 8339. You can also go to mercervotes.com which has a link to the West Virginia Secretary of State.

“We have tried everything in our power to minimize the changes, but we have laws to follow and rules to ensure our election process is safe and fair,” Moye said.

In McDowell County, early voting can be done at the McDowell County Courthouse in Welch. Citizens of Monroe County can cast their early votes at Petertown Town Hall and the Union Rescue Squad Building at 160 Pump Street in Union. Early voting numbers in McDowell and Monroe counties were not available Monday.

Early voting in West Virginia continues through Saturday. Polling stations are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays

— Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com

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