In exactly three weeks, early voting begins throughout West Virginia. Do you know where your districts are?
Last fall, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed Enrolled House Bill 201 authorizing changes in the districts for representatives of the House of Delegates. The realignment was required because of a shift in population.
For local voters, there are a couple of things to keep in mind - new district numbers and a slight division in Randolph County's boundary. Previously, all of Randolph and Pocahontas counties were in the 37th District. This election season, that's no longer the case.
All of Pocahontas County and most of Randolph County are now labeled as the 43rd District. Those living in Pickens and Helvetia who vote in Precinct 220 are now in the 44th District, which is made up of all of Webster County and parts of Nicholas and Upshur counties.
Voters in the 43rd District will elect two representatives, while those in the 44th District will elect one representative.
If this seems confusing, it won't be come time to vote. Each of the districts will have a separate ballot listing only those choices for their area.
With a full slate of candidates, voters have some tough decisions. Casting the ballot, though, should be a breeze.