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Voter registration deadline nears

State officials must receive applications by Oct. 16

October 10, 2012
By Anthony Gaynor - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

Voters across the country are gearing up to head to the polls on Nov. 6 to cast ballots to elect officials ranging from county offices up to the president of the United States.

Randolph County Clerk Brenda Wiseman said Tuesday she expects to see a lot of ballots cast in the county.

"From looking at the amount of absentee ballot requests, I think it is going to be a high turnout," Wiseman said. "A lot of it is the presidential race, but the local races are going to bring people out."

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Randolph County Clerk’s office employees Ryan Stanley and Wanda Siler test the voting machines Tuesday that will be used during the Nov. 6 general election.

Wiseman said those who have not yet registered to vote in the general election still have time.

The deadlines for registration and dates for early voting are the same throughout the Mountain State. Voter registration applications must be received by Oct. 16 at county clerk's

offices or the Secretary of State's office, or they must be postmarked by that date.

Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant said Tuesday that new voters who register by mail need to bring with them to the polls a current photo ID that shows their current address or a copy of a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows the voter's name and current address.s

"This ID requirement only applies to you if this is your first time voting after you registered by mail to vote," Tennant said. "If you have voted before, your identity is verified every time by your signing the poll book either at your polling place or at your early voting location."

As of Oct. 2, there were 637,893 registered Democrat voters in West Virginia, 354,593 Republicans, 1,345 Mountain Party voters, 217,585 registered with no party affiliation and 23,041 registered with another political party, according to a news release from Tennant's office.

Early voting begins Oct. 24 in West Virginia, and includes two Saturdays: Oct. 27 and Nov. 3. There will be no early voting Oct. 28.

Wiseman said the Randolph County Courthouse will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 and Nov. 3.

In addition to the numerous races on the ballots, Wiseman said voters will have the opportunity to make a decision on the proposed Randolph County Schools bond call and a constitutional amendment that could repeal the term limitations on sheriff.

Wiseman said there will be two different ballots for the county because it lies in two different delegate districts. Only Precinct 220, the Pickens area, will receive a ballot listing Robert Karnes, a Republican, and Dana L. Lynch, a Democrat, as candidates for the 44th District of the House of Delegates.

Other races to be decided in the election include: president, members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, governor, secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, commissioner of agriculture, attorney general, justice of the Supreme Court, state senator, state delegates, county commissioner, prosecuting attorney, sheriff, assessor, magistrate and surveyor.



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