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April 5, 2014

May primary: Register to vote now

— — Ready or not, the May primary election is fast approaching. That means we can expect a final push from political candidates in the days and weeks ahead as local, state and federal elections will be decided.

And area voters should be mindful of a number of key deadlines that are fast approaching. In West Virginia, the last day to register to vote for the May 13 primary election is Tuesday, April 22. Those who are not yet registered to vote should do so now at their local courthouse.

“If you’ve voted during the last couple of elections, you should still be registered,” Mercer County Clerk Verlin Moye said.

However, if you haven’t voted in a couple of elections, there is a good chance that you will need to renew your voter registration status. People who are not sure about their voter registration status can call the county clerk’s office in Princeton at 304-487-8338 or 487-8339.

Early voting begins on April 30 and continues until May 10. Early ballots can be cast Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This will include the two Saturdays during this time period, according to Moye. There will be two locations for casting early ballots in Mercer County. The first location is at the Mercer County Courthouse.

A second ballot station will be at the Bluefield Youth Center on Stadium Drive in Bluefield. Mercer County voters can vote early at either location, according to Moye.

The satellite early voting precinct in Bluefield has proven popular among voters.

“And it’s growing in popularity more and more with every election,” Moye said earlier this week. “It’s more convenient for our friends in Bluefield, and the city goes over and above to help us in every way. You don’t have to live in Bluefield to vote there. You can vote at either the courthouse or in Bluefield. I plan on keeping it there for the foreseeable future. It’s a great location.”

Early voting in McDowell County will be held at the courthouse in Welch. Voting hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and both Saturdays during this period, at the courthouse, according to county election supervisor Crystal Greer.

In Monroe County, early voting will be held at the 911 center behind the Monroe County Courthouse and at Peterstown Town Hall.

It goes without saying that a lot is at stake during this year’s midterm elections, including the control of the U.S. Congress.

This year’s state level legislative race in West Virginia also could prove to be interesting, as Democrats are fighting to maintain a slim six lawmaker majority in the House while Republicans are attempting to end 85 years of Democratic rule in the House. The state level contest could prove to be a race to watch.

If you are not yet registered to vote, please do so now. Let your voice be heard in the upcoming primary.

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