MORGANTOWN — Monongalia County Clerk Carye Blaney said her office has had difficulty securing polling locations on short notice ahead of the statewide special election on Oct. 7.

The special election is needed to enact the Roads to Prosperity Amendment passed by the West Virginia Legislature. The amendment calls for an addition to the state constitution allowing for the sale of up to $1.6 billion in bonds for road repair and construction.

Blaney requested and received the county commission’s approval of a list of poll workers and locations for the election during the commission’s Aug. 16 regular meeting.

“In our particular county, we have seven locations that we’ve had to find modifications for, and we have two locations that we still have not found a relocation avenue for, which effected 12 of our precincts,” Blaney said, explaining that the list of polling locations is still being finalized.

Early voting for the special election will begin on Sept. 22. The lone early voting site will be the county’s election headquarters in the Mountaineer Mall. Early voting will run for 11 days, with hours from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. on Monday.