Nearly 3,000 votes cast early in Randolph
ELKINS — Citizens across the United States are hitting the early voting centers by storm as over 67 million Americans have already cast their votes for the 2020 election.
Voters are also coming out consistently early at Randolph County’s two polling locations, the Weese Annex of the Randolph County Courthouse and the Mill Creek Public Library. After combining for 494 votes on the opening day of early voting on Oct. 21, that number increased to 2,986 midway through the afternoon on Tuesday.
“We are staying pretty busy, especially here in Elkins,” said Randolph County Clerk Brenda Wiseman. “We have had some voters turn out in Mill Creek, but the Elkins voting site has been much busier.”
Polls for early voting will remain open for the rest of this week, including on Saturday. The hours to vote are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the final day on Halloween.
During the last presidential election in November of 2016, there were 4,520 early votes tallied in Randolph County.
“I don’t know if we’ll make it to that number or not, but it might be pretty close,” said Wiseman. “We still have the rest of all of this week and all day Saturday to go, so we’ll just have to wait and see.”
The deadline for absentee ballots is today and applications must be received by the county clerk by 4:30 p.m.
The last day for those ballots to be mailed out is Thursday.
“If anyone wants an absentee application they can come to the courthouse and get it,” said Wiseman. “They can get the application, take it out to the lobby, fill it out and bring it right back in.”
Wiseman, who has been a part of the election process at the Randolph County Courthouse since 1991, said that early voting has become much more popular over the years.
“Early voting has really picked up,” she said. “It’s just convenient for people to go and get it done, in case they’re going to be out of town on election day, or if something else comes up on election day where they can’t get to their polling place. We’ve had lines pretty much all day, everyday.”
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3, with polls opening at 6:30 a.m. and closing at 7:30 p.m.