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Early voting begins today across W.Va.

ELKINS — Early voting will begin today across West Virginia, and the Randolph County Clerk’s office is ready to help voters cast their ballots early for the Nov. 3 general election.

Early voting will be offered from today to Oct. 31, including Saturday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 31.

In Randolph County, the hours for early voting will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the two Saturdays.

The county will have two voting sites — the Weese Annex of the Randolph County Courthouse, and the Mill Creek Public Library.

All Randolph County precincts will be open for in-person voting on Election Day, Nov. 3. Oct. 28 is the last day to apply for absentee ballots for the general election.

Randolph County Clerk Brenda Wiseman said the county will have the benefit of some additional technology to help with absentee ballots this election.

“We’re leasing a scanner this election to scan the absentee ballots,” she said. “Last time, we had to manually sit and one of us would read the ballot off and one would count the votes. Last time it wasn’t an option, but this time we are renting a scanner. That will speed up the process.”

According to the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office, as of Tuesday Randolph County had received 1,965 absentee ballot requests for the general election.

Upshur County had received 1,692 absentee ballot requests as of Tuesday, while Barbour County had received 1,221, and Tucker County 554.

This will be the final election for Randolph County’s current voting machines.

“For the 2022 primary, we’ll start off with brand new machines,” Wiseman said. “We already have the machines. We’re excited about the new machines, but I’ve been happy with (the current ones). We’ve had them since 2006. They’ve gone through a lot.

“We just need to keep up with the other counties. The Secretary of State’s office wants everybody to get the new equipment.”

Wiseman said the public will be welcome to attend the election night vote tallying outside the Randolph County Courthouse, in the same fashion as the night of the primary election, due to the COVID-19 pandemic safety regulations.

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