Early voting begins Wednesday in West Virginia | Tuesday News
CHARLESTON — Early voting for the May 10 primary begins Wednesday across West Virginia.
This year, voters in Marion County can vote early at three locations, including the usual single voting site at the Marion County Courthouse. The Farmington Community Building at 1975 Ray Kelley Ave. and the White Hall Public Safety Building at 118 Tygart Valley Mall are scheduled to be open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Early voting will be available until May 7.
According to Secretary of State Mac Warner, the most efficient and secure way for voters to vote is in person at a polling place where trained poll workers ensure that every voter has the right to vote by secret ballot without intimidation, undue influence or uncertainty. Ballots cast in person remain in the care and custody of election officials throughout the voting period.
Any registered voter may vote in advance at the county courthouse or designated community voting site in the county. Early voting hours differ based on each county’s normal business hours on weekdays. Early voting is also available the last two Saturdays before the May 10 primary election, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. in all counties.
The 2022 West Virginia primaries are semi-open, allowing voters who are not affiliated with a recognized political party to participate in the primary of the party of their choice. However, unaffiliated voters must ask election officials for the specific party ballot they wish to cast. Election officials are instructed to refrain from inducing voters to request a ballot from a specific party.
“Our state’s option to vote early provides flexibility for voters who want to avoid lines, crowds, or those unable to participate on Election Day,” Warner said.
Warner said recent data on mail-in voting numbers suggest that the substantial change in mail-in voting at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic is returning to normal, mail-in turnout expected for this election, and we could expect more than 90% of participating voters to vote in person. For some voters in the military, overseas, or living with physical disabilities, who cannot vote in person or independently, they are eligible to participate using electronic ballot delivery and return technology. by mail.
To learn more about in-person and mail-in voting tips and options, view a list of early voting locations, or check your registration, visit the WV Secretary of State’s Secure Elections website at GoVoteWV.com.
Warner says that, in accordance with guidelines from state and federal health authorities, wearing a mask inside a polling place is not mandatory. However, voters and poll workers who choose to voluntarily wear a mask while inside a polling station can certainly do so.