WHEELING - Today is Election Day in West Virginia, and voters can cast ballots in the 2012 presidential primary election as well as several local and municipal races.
Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.
Voters will choose party nominees for president and state and county offices. Independent voters who are not members of the Democrat, Republican or Mountain parties can choose which ballot they wish to cast, but they must request that ballot from poll workers.
Contested nonpartisan elections also are taking place for school board seats, as well as for city offices in Wheeling and New Martinsville.
In Ohio County, election officials expect to count ballots in a different location than in the past. Workers in the Ohio County Commission Office said they plan to set up operations on the first floor of the City-County Building in the room that previously housed the County Tax Office. The room is presently being renovated and soon will be occupied by Wheeling City Council chambers.
Ohio County election returns previously were counted in the former council chambers on the second floor.
Wheeling City Clerk Janice Jones will be present as the votes are tabulated to await the results of the city election.
"I'll also have to make sure I get the results from the one Marshall County precinct in the city of Wheeling," Jones said.
Residents living in Precinct 39 in Marshall County - the Marwin Area - vote in the 6th Ward race for Wheeling City Council and for mayor, Jones said.
The state Democrat ballot features contested races for U.S. Senate, governor, agricultural commissioner and the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. Contested Democrat primary races for seats in the House of Delegates also are taking place in the 1st, 4th and 6th delegate districts locally.
The GOP ticket, meanwhile, includes primary contests for governor and treasurer.