Make Use of Early Voting in W.Va.

Though the election scheduled for May 13 in West Virginia usually is referred to as a primary, much more than political parties choosing candidates for the fall election is at stake.

Voters in every Northern Panhandle county will be choosing board of education members in the election. This is not a primary for them. Winners will take office.

In some communities and counties, property tax levies also will be on the May ballot. Once again, what voters decide May 13 will be final.

That makes it important for informed, concerned people to vote. The “early voting” system makes doing that more convenient.

Early voting begins Wednesday and continues through Saturday, May 10. Ballots can be cast at county courthouses during regular business hours Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays during the early voting period.

Again, participating in the May 13 election is important.

If you think there may be any reason why it will be difficult for you to get to your polling place that day, we urge you to cast a ballot through the early voting process. The system makes it easy to discharge your civic duty – and influence local government and schools.