2018 midterm primaries shows uptick in early voting turnout in W.Va. compared to 2014

MORGANTOWN — Of the 66,736 registered voters in Monongalia County, 4,343 (6.5 percent) already made their selections when it comes to tomorrow’s primary election.

Early voting concluded Saturday across the state, with more than 68,000 votes cast, unofficially, across West Virginia’s 55 counties, according to information put out by Secretary of State Mac Warner’s office.

Warner said those numbers represent a 51 percent increase over early voting turnout in the 2014 midterm election.

For those heading to the polls tomorrow in Monongalia County, doors open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.

Locally, the primary election will determine which three of six candidates in the non-partisan race for Monongalia County Board of Education will take office.

Incumbent Michael Kelly looks to once again return to his seat on the board while Sara Anderson, Gary Lee Drvar, Matthew Kirby, Ethan Moore and Melanie Baker Rogers are running to fill the seats being vacated by long-time board members Barbara Parsons and Clarence Harvey.

Tomorrow’s results will also set up November’s race for the Western District seat on the Monongalia County Commission.

Democrat Tom Bloom is the incumbent and current commission president. Looking to return for a second term, Bloom is facing a challenge from Betty Wiley, who previously served as a county commissioner from 1995-2000.

The winner between Bloom and Wiley will face Republican Andrew Price, who is unopposed, in November.

Remember that starting Jan. 1, voters must now show a valid form of identification in order to vote. A list of acceptable forms of identification is available at the Monongalia County Clerk’s website, monongaliacountyclerk.org, as is a complete list of polling locations, including precinct maps.

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