The primary election scheduled for next Tuesday is important to area residents in many ways. First, candidates for important offices at the local, state and federal levels will be nominated. If you want your political party to put its best foot forward in November, you should plan to cast a ballot in the primary election.
Second, May 8 will serve as a general election for some positions, including those on boards of educations and in some municipalites. Those who win these races Tuesday will take office.
Juggling work and home responsibilities to make it to the polls on election day can be a challenge. But for several years West Virginia has offered a convenient solution to it - early voting. It allows registered voters to go to their county courthouses for two weeks before an election and cast ballots there.
Usually, lines at early voting stations are short, if they exist at all. Because the process extends for two weeks, it is easy for virtually every voter to make use of the process. That avoids last-minute surprises that prevent going to the polls on election day.
Early voting ends at the close of business this Saturday, however.
If you have not used the process to make your voice heard in the May 8 primary, we encourage you to do so. Just go to your county courthouse and tell them you'd like to vote.