Voters passed a capped school excess levy last year, and if passed, the new levy will uncap that amount and allow the county to collect 100 percent of the legal amount of property tax from its citizens.
"I'm getting a very good reaction. Now the big question is this: Can I get them to the polls?" Thaw said Monday. "That's the whole thing -- the other side's votes are controlled. Mine aren't. Mine are just free people. If there's a big turnout, the people win. If it's a tiny vote, they lose."
Low voter turnout is expected because on Nov. 9 -- the first day of an extended Veterans Day weekend -- both West Virginia University and Marshall University football teams play.
That's why KEY is urging Kanawha County residents to get out and vote at the Voter Registration Office during the early voting period running Saturday through Nov. 6.
"That way they won't be bothered too much on game day. We know that's important," Coon said. "We're reaching out to the most likely voters, and we have overwhelming support. We're building momentum, and we're definitely not going to slack up as we get closer to Election Day."
Not only is Thaw outraged by the tax money proposed by the additional levy, but by the money it will cost the school board on Election Day -- an estimated $350,000 to pay poll workers and print ballots.
"That comes straight out of the classroom. That's what's so sinful about this," Thaw said. "In their desire to get a small vote, they had to hold a special election. But if they had run it on a regular Election Day, it wouldn't have cost anything. If we're so short on money, why are we spending this on the election? That was the whole point."
Early voting runs from Saturday through Nov. 6 at the Voter Registration Office, 415 Quarrier St., from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week, except Thursdays, when voting is open until 7 p.m. Voting runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Reach Mackenzie Mays at mackenzie.m...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4814.