WILLIAMSON – Early voting for the Primary Election begins on Wednesday, April 27 and continues until Saturday, May 7 at the Mingo County Courthouse between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Voting is typically held in the County Commission Court Room. More information can be obtained at the Mingo County Clerk’s office at 304-235-0320.
The Mingo County Commission and County Clerk’s officer are shown checking the voting machines this past Friday in the basement of the courthouse. The primary election is Tuesday, May 10.
The Secretary of State’s office explains that any registered voter may participate in early voting.
According to the Secretary of State’s office, “Any person properly registered to vote may vote in person at his/her county courthouse or annex beginning the thirteenth day before the election and ending the third day before the election. Some counties offer additional Early Voting locations.”
The Secretary of State’s office has also released early voting dates for the General Election. The early voting period for the General Election begins on Oct. 26 and continues until Nov 5 2016.
Vote in a scheduled election if you meet the following criteria:
1. You are a U.S. citizen and West Virginia resident;
2. You will be 18 years old by the time of the general or special election;
3. You are not currently serving a sentence, on probation or on parole for a felony conviction, bribery in an election or treason;
4. You have not been determined to be mentally incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction unless this determination is no longer in effect;
5. You live within the precinct where the election is being held;
6. You are registered to vote in the county at least 21 days before the election.
2. Cast your ballot in a non-disruptive atmosphere free of interference.
3. Vote if you are in line by 7:30 pm on Election Day.
4. Request assistance in voting, if needed.
5. Protect the secrecy of your ballot.
6. Receive a new ballot if you make a mistake or change your mind before you cast your ballot.
7. Have your ballot counted fairly and accurately.
8. Request, receive and vote a provisional ballot if there is any question about your eligibility to vote and find out whether your vote was counted.
9. Have complaints about elections and election contests resolved fairly, accurately, and efficiently.
10. Have non-discriminatory, equal access to the voting process.
11. Choose not to vote in an election. You will not be penalized.
12. Skip races on your ballot. You are not required to vote in every contest. Blank sections on your ballot will not affect any of the other votes you have cast.
For more information on the 2016 elections, visit the Secretary of State’s office at www.sos.wv.gov.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)