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Wood County ready for early voting to begin

PARKERSBURG — Early voting will begin Wednesday in Wood County.

The early voting location for Wood County will be at the Judge Black Annex at 315 Market St. in Parkersburg.

It will be open Wednesday through Nov. 3 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, said Wood County Clerk Mark Rhodes. On Saturdays, early voting will be conducted from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Early voting will be conducted Oct. 31-Nov. 3 at the four satellite voting precincts: Williamstown City Building, 100 West Fifth St.; Vienna City Building, 609 29th St.; Mineral Wells Volunteer Fire Department, 1695 Elizabeth Pike; and Lubeck Volunteer Fire Department, 1340 Harris Highway.

Hours for the downtown and satellite sites will be the same, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays.

The Wood County Commission will be conducting the public inspection of the voting machines Monday. Rhodes said all of the media loaded into the voting machines have been updated to reflect Republican Tom Azinger filling the ballot spot for Delegate Frank Deem, who recently passed away.

“Everything is on track,” Rhodes said. “We will be ready.”

As of Thursday, there are over 57,019 registered voters in Wood County. The last day to register to vote was Oct. 16. The clerk’s office received around 240 voter registrations online, he said.

The final number of registered voters will be finalized by Monday. It will take personnel into early next week to work through all of them, Rhodes said. People were registering to vote as well as others making address changes and party changes.

West Virginia voters are now required to show identification when they vote, Rhodes said.

That can include a driver’s license, a state issued ID card, a weapon permit or a utility bill.

“It just needs to be something that shows you are who you say you are,” Rhodes said.

During the primary, they had one person who did not have an ID available. That person was allowed to vote a provisional ballot. Once personnel were able to match the person’s signature with a past one when they voted, they were able to count the ballot.

The county clerk’s office continues to process absentee ballots.

They sent out 260 absentee ballots. Due to Deem’s death and Azinger’s appointment to take his place, new ballots were sent out. The county is holding on to the ones sent in.

If the person sends in a new ballot, it will be counted instead of the old ballot. If the new ballot is not received, they will count the old ballot although any votes for Deem will not count, officials said.

The number of absentee ballots are up from the primary when 46 were sent out.

Rhodes said they are still looking for alternate pollworkers. All of the main positions are filled, but they still need alternates if those people can’t do it.

People can call the County Clerk’s Office at 304-424-1850 for more information. Election Day will be Nov. 6.

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