Polling places will be open today in all five wards for the Elkins Municipal Election, with the mayor's position and council seats in all the wards on the ballot.
The following polling places will be open until 7:30 p.m. today:
- Ward 1: Church of God Family Worship Center at 1402 Taylor Avenue;
- Ward 2: Mountain State Forest Festival Building at 101 Lough Street;
- Ward 3: Day's Inn at 1200 Harrison Avenue;
- Ward 4: Randolph County Courthouse Annex at 4 Randolph Avenue;
- Ward 5: Old Brick Playhouse at 329 Davis Avenue.
If your most recent voter registration was by mail and you have not yet provided identification to an election official, you must either provide one of the following forms of identification showing your name and current address or vote a provisional ballot.
The acceptable forms of identification include: a current/valid photo ID; a current utility bill; a bank statement; a paycheck; or a government check or other official government document.
Poll workers will begin counting ballots at the polling places immediately after the polls close. Persons in line at 7:30 p.m. will be allowed to cast their votes. The counting process may last several hours at some wards, depending on voter turnout for this election, according to a release from Elkins City Clerk Sutton Stokes.
Members of the public and media are invited to Elkins City Hall starting at 8 p.m. today to hear announcements of preliminary election results as they are received. This event will be held in council chambers on the second floor of city hall.
Vote tallies will not become official until the canvassing board certifies them. The canvassing board will convene to declare the results on March 11, and the earliest date that the canvassing board can certify the results is March 13.
Three candidates are seeking the mayoral seat in Tuesday's election: incumbent Duke Talbott and Elkins City Councilmen Van Broughton and Mark D. Scott.
Talbott has served as Elkins mayor for two terms. He is seeking another two-year term.
Broughton has served Elkins as councilman for three terms in 5th Ward and one term in 2nd Ward. He retired from the Kroger Co. following 21 years, and was the owner of Van's Army Navy Surplus Store.
Scott has served one term as 3rd Ward councilman in Elkins, and he hopes to be elected mayor.Scott owns Mark D. Scott and Associates All State Insurance in Elkins.
Charles G. Kinnison and Lonnie E. Randall both are seeking an Elkins City Council spot in 1st Ward in Elkins.
Incumbent Kinnison works for APS Health Care as an exercise physiologist. He was appointed by council in November 2011 to fill a vacant seat created by the resignation of Rob Beckwith.
Randall is a school bus driver for the Randolph County Board of Education and Davis & Elkins College. He is also a member of the Elkins Volunteer Fire Department.
Both Nanci Bross-Fregonara and Hollis C. Vance hope to win the election for 4th Ward seat.
Incumbent Bross-Fregonara has served one term as city councilwoman for 4th Ward. She is a writer and graphic designer at Davis & Elkins College.
Vance has served three terms prior as an Elkins city councilman in the 4th Ward. He said he believes in a responsible government accountable to its citizens.
Candidates in noncontested races for the city of Elkins municipal General Election are Mitch L. Marstiller, 2nd Ward; Carman L. Metheny, 3rd Ward; James S. Bibey, 5th Ward; and Joe Sabitino, 5th Ward, two-year unexpired term.