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May 8, 2014

Early voting continues through Saturday

FAIRMONT — Registered voters wanting to take advantage of early voting have until Saturday at 5 p.m. to head to either of the two early voting locations, one in downtown Fairmont and one in Mannington.

Regardless of where in Marion County voters live, they can vote early at either location.

Early voting is available at Mannington City Hall or at Room 104, the Al Babcock Room, in the first floor of the J. Harper Meredith Building in downtown Fairmont. Both locations are open today and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Early voting began April 30, and will end when polls close Saturday at 5 p.m.

The primary election will be held on Tuesday, May 13, from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Early voting is done on voting machines, just like on election day. All of the machines were tested and verified in working order on April 23, well before early voting began.

Mannington City Hall has five voting machines, and there are eight machines at the downtown Fairmont polling place.

Marion County Clerk Janice Cosco said that they saw 2,000 early voters last election.

Fourteen poll workers are working at the two early voting locations. On the day of the primary election, there will be 380 poll workers at Marion County’s 76 precincts.

The primary election allows registered Democrats and Republicans to vote for who will appear on the ballot as candidates for their parties in the general election this November.

However, voters who are registered as independent or with no party affiliation may also participate in the primary election. When these voters go to their polling place, they must ask the poll worker for the ballot of the party of their choice. The voter is presented with that ballot and can then vote for the candidates in that party.

Marion County has 39,775 active registered voters, of whom 23,486 are Democrats; 8,757 are Republicans; 1,983 are independents; and 5,207 are registered with no party affiliation.

Anyone who wants to vote early can vote at either the downtown Fairmont or Mannington City Hall locations. However, if a voter is waiting to vote until election day, they should go to their precinct’s polling place. If you do not know where your polling place is located, you may call the county clerk’s office at 304-367-5447 or 304-367-5449.

Email Colleen S. Good at cgood@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @CSGoodTWV.

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