By RACHEL C. DOVE
WILLIAMSON - If anyone has been driving through the City of Williamson during the past two days, one couldn’t have helped but notice the unusually large crowds forming a line outside the Mingo County Courthouse.
This sight marked the beginning of the early voting process offered to local residents, and numerous citizens elected to cast their votes for the candidates of their choice prior to the May 8 Primary.
The voting is being held inside the first floor County Commission courtroom, where two election officials are in place from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with the final date scheduled for May 5.
Election officials Claudette Pyszkowski and Nancy Stacy have kept very busy since the process began, as only two voters at a time are allowed in the courtroom.
Pyskowski told the Daily News that close to 200 individuals had cast their votes during the first two days, and said she expected to have a steady flow straight through the May 5 deadline.
“We ask that everyone be patient and realize that we can only accommodate two voters at a time, so they may have a waiting period, depending on how many are waiting for a turn,” said Stacy. “We are only away from the courtroom for short breaks and to try to eat some lunch, but the rest of the time we’re there assisting the voters.”
A representative of the West Virginia Secretary of State’s (SOS) office was present in the courtroom on Thursday, after requests were made for SOS Natalie Tennant to conduct an investigation of alleged election discrepancies. When asked, the female representative said that all complaints were being addressed and close attention was being paid to the entire election process.
If anyone would like more information on early voting, contact the Mingo County Clerk’s office at 304-235-0330.