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Satellite voting sites open for early voting

PARKERSBURG — Satellite voting sites opened Tuesday for early voting in Wood County at the Vienna Community Building, Williamstown High School, Mineral Wells School and Lubeck Elementary.

Early voting started May 27 at the Judge Black Annex in downtown Parkersburg. The primary election is on Tuesday.

All the early voting sites will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday during the early voting period, which ends at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Election officials will have copies of each ballot being used in this primary election and will be loaded into a voting machine when the voter is ready to vote. Each machine will print a completed ballot, which will be fed into a scanner to be counted.

County Clerk Mark Rhodes said turnout on Tuesday was “slow.”

At around noon, less than 200 voted at all of the early voting sites.

On average, the satellite sites had around 20 people each and the Judge Black Annex had around 98 people, Rhodes said.

Officials mailed applications to all registered voters to see if they want to vote by absentee ballots, due to health concerns. Over 9,000 were sent. The county received 7,990 back as of Tuesday.

Today is the final day to apply for an absentee ballot. Any remaining applications have to physically be in the county clerk’s office today.

”It cannot be postmarked, it has to be (physically) in our office,” Rhodes said. ”We have had some people who have dropped them off for family members.”

All of the early voting sites will be the sites for voters to go to on Election Day. The additional sites of the Jack Stephens Gym at Parkersburg High School and Kanawha School will be used as additional consolidated voting sites on Election Day.

The county clerk’s office put together a plan of which precincts will go to which site on Election Day. The plan was approved Monday by the county commission.

Currently, people can early vote at any of the sites in the county. On Election Day, voters have to go to an assigned site based on their regular voting precinct.

A full list of the precincts and where they are assigned to vote is available at the County Clerk’s page at tinyurl.com/wnbsn27

People with questions about where they need to go to vote can call the Voter’s Line at 304-424-1860.

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