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Wood County still working on voting efforts

PARKERSBURG — Changes continue to the voting precinct locations as Wood County officials prepare for the November general election.

County Clerk Mark Rhodes appeared before the Wood County Commission on Thursday for an update on where things stand.

Representatives at Beechwood Presbyterian Church, 703 30th St., Parkersburg, contacted Rhodes and told him the church will not be a precinct on Nov. 3.

The precinct will move to nearby Van Devender Middle School. Rhodes said the school already has a precinct there and can easily accommodate another with parking and spacing within the building.

“They will be able to handle that without any problem,” Rhodes said.

Previously, Rhodes reported the Mineral Wells Volunteer Fire Department could not be utilized as a satellite early voting site.

“There was a miscommunication and they will be able to be used in the general election,” Rhodes said.

Officials have been looking at other sites in the area that could accommodate it.

“We are going to use Mineral Wells (VFD) because it is a more central location,” Rhodes said.

In past elections, the satellite sites in Mineral Wells, Williamstown, Vienna and Lubeck had been used five days prior to the election for early voting while the Judge Black Annex in downtown Parkersburg was used for the full 10 days allowed by law for early voting.

The commission intends to use the satellite sites for the full 10 days this election to better be able to spread voters out.

“That is how we will proceed,” Rhodes said.

The clerk’s office has been receiving absentee ballots from people. As of Thursday, the office has received 650 absentee ballots, Rhodes said.

Contact Brett Dunlap at bdunlap@newsandsentinel.com

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