West Virginia voters will begin casting their ballot in the 2014 Primary Election on Wednesday, April 30.
The ten-day Early Voting period ends May 10.
The early voting period includes two Saturdays – May 3 and May 10 – and excludes one Sunday – May 4. Voters can cast their ballot during regular business hours at their county courthouse or courthouse annex.
Early voting has been a popular option for West Virginians since its implementation for the 2002 Primary. In the last six statewide elections, about one in every five votes cast were cast during the early voting period.
“Between work, homework, and running the kids to dance and sports practice, West Virginians are busy, and early voting lets them make voting work with their schedules,” West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant, West Virginia’s chief elections officer, said. “The importance of the Early Voting period was highlighted during the 2012 General Election, when we had a weather emergency force the relocation of several polling places. You never know the circumstances, personal or otherwise, that may arise on Election Day. I ask all of the registered voters in West Virginia, if you are near your courthouse or courthouse annex on one of the Early Voting days, stop in and cast your ballot. It only takes a few minutes for you to make your voice heard by voting.”
Voters who are not registered with any political party in West Virginia – often called “No Party” or “unaffiliated” – may choose to vote in any party’s primary or a non-partisan ballot only. Non-partisan ballots include races such as Board of Education, Conservation Supervisor, and any county levies.
However, a voter registered with a political party must vote in that party’s primary election or choose to vote a non-partisan ballot.
Tennant also said that if a voter witnesses what they believe to be a violation of election law they should contact the Secretary of State’s Office at 304-558-6000.
Primary Election Day in West Virginia is Tuesday, May 13. Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Voters can find information about candidates, campaign finance reports, the Voter’s Bill of Rights, and information about the different voting systems used in West Virginia on the Secretary of State’s website at www.wvsos.com