By ANNE ELGIN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
The first day of early voting kicked off to a good start in Mercer County Wednesday.
“We had about 88 people come out today to vote and everything is running great,” Mercer County Clerk Verlin Moye said. “Early voting is a good opportunity to come out and vote in case you will not be in town on election day.”
Early voting began Wednesday in the closely watched May 13 primary contest in West Virginia.
The early balloting process continues through Saturday, May 10. Local, statewide and federal races are on the ballot.
McDowell County had about 35 people come out to vote early, but officials expect it to pick up later in the week, according to Crystal Geer, an election official for McDowell County.
In Monroe County, the Peterstown satellite precinct had about 14 early voters, Monroe County Clerk Donnie Evans said. “We have a lot of folks that work in Princeton or Blacksburg, and who simply cannot get to the courthouse by 4:30 p.m. It makes it very convenient,” Evans said. “About 18 people turned out to vote at the Union location.”