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About 1,500 early ballots cast in Kanawha

By Rusty Marks, Staff writer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — About 1,500 people have cast early ballots so far in Kanawha County’s primary election.

Early voting, which began last week, runs until Saturday at the Voter Registration Office on Court and Quarrier streets in downtown Charleston.

Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick said early votes were averaging about 300 a day.

“It’s about average for an off-year election,” she said. “People aren’t talking a lot about the election.”

As of Monday afternoon, 1,480 county residents had cast early ballots.

About twice as many Democrats had cast early votes as Republicans. Voting totals early Monday showed 727 Democrats had voted early, compared with 350 Republicans.

County school board races are the most hotly contested, with seven candidates running for three seats.

The only other county race on the ballot is for the Kanawha County Commission, where six-term County Commissioner Hoppy Shores, a Republican, faces attorney George Metz in next week’s primary. Democrat Clint Casto is unopposed on the primary ballot.

Kanawha County voters are also being asked to vote for a long-running public safety levy that provides funding for ambulance services and bus service and provides extra money for the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department.

More county voters may be interested in U.S. Senate and House of Representative races.

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, a Democrat, is facing current U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican, for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who is not running for re-election. Tennant and Capito are among six candidates — three Democrats and three Republicans — running for the seat.

Nine candidates — seven Republicans and two Democrats — are running for U.S. House of Representatives in the 2nd Congressional District, the seat Capito is vacating to run for U.S. Senate.

Early voting continues from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The primary election is May 13.

Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.


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