Today is the deadline for many West Virginians to handle two important tasks: filing income tax returns and ensuring we are registered to vote in the May 8 primary election. Extensions of the income tax deadline can be obtained, however. The election filing date is firm.
It is true both the Democrat and Republican parties have - more or less - firmed up their candidates for president. But the May 8 primary is important for many other reasons.
Candidates for a variety of local offices will be on the ballot that day. Nominees for offices involved in setting your local tax rates and providing local services will be decided.
In addition, the May 8 election serves as the final balloting for many non-partisan races, ranging from boards of education to some municipal posts.
If you are eligible to vote and have not registered - or want to change your party affiliation - we urge you to go to your county courthouse and do so by today.