In a little more than a month, West Virginia voters will once again head to the polls to cast ballots for whom they think would best represent them. To cast a vote, however, individuals must be registered and the deadline is Oct. 12.
Although the department of motor vehicles and military recruiting offices are among the places a person may register to vote, the West Virginia Secretary of State's office suggests that county clerks offices are the best place as the deadline approaches.
Randolph County Clerk Brenda Wiseman stresses that individuals do not have to register to vote for each election if they have registered before. The only time voters need to re-register is if they have not voted in two consecutive primary and general elections. Individuals who have moved to a new county in West Virginia must re-register in the county they currently reside. Those who are unsure if they are registered to vote may contact their county clerk's office or check online at www.sos.wv.gov.
Anyone who is registered to vote, but has moved within their county should contact the county clerk's office in order for the address to be changed. Addresses may also be changed at the polling location, Wiseman said. She explained that a voter should inform the poll worker of his or her new address and the information will be updated after the election. Even if an address is updated at the polling place, the voter will be able to cast a ballot at their precinct that day
Early voting begins Oct. 13 and ends Oct. 30. During the weekdays, ballots may be cast at the Randolph County Courthouse Annex between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Early voting will also be available Oct. 23 and Oct. 30 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
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- Oct. 12 - Deadline to register to vote
- Oct. 13 - 30 - Early voting
- Nov. 2 - Election Day