County officials preparing for election

WELLSBURG — Brooke County officials are preparing for the upcoming general election, with the deadline to register and early voting fast approaching.

County Clerk Sylvia Benzo reminded everyone during the county commissioners’ meeting that Tuesday is the last day to register or make any changes to existing registration.

Those planning to vote for the first time should bring, as proof of identification, a valid photo identification, a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other official government document.

Following the passage of legislation last year, proof of identification also is required when voting early or on Election Day.

Registered voters may vote early between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Oct. 24-27 and Oct. 29 through Nov. 3 at the county clerk’s office in the county courthouse.

Benzo said voters may present any of the following photo or nonphoto identification, provided it’s not expired:

• A West Virginia driver’s license or other ID card issued by the state Division of Motor Vehicles, a driver’s license issued by another state, a U.S. passport or passport card, a U.S. military ID card, U.S. or West Virginia government employee ID card, student ID card or a concealed carry permit.

• A voter registration card, a Medicare card or Social Security card, birth certificate, West Virginia hunting or fishing license, West Virginia S.N.A.P. ID card, West Virginia TANF program ID card, West Virginia Medicaid ID card, bank or debit card, utility bill or bank statement issued within six months of the date of the election or a health insurance card issued to the voter.

Residents without any of those forms of ID may have a photo taken of themselves at the county clerk’s office for a photo voter registration card to be issued by the state. Because it will take some time for the state to produce the card, those interested in obtaining one should have their photos taken before the day they plan to vote.

The commission also received notice from Edison Research, a Somerville, N.J. polling firm, that representatives may approach voters outside polling places on Election Day.

Benzo said it doesn’t appear the firm, which shares information from the exit polls with national news networks, will be sending representatives to Brooke County, but she said wanted voters to know state law allows the pollsters to be there and voters may choose to participate or not.

Offices on the ballots on Nov. 6 election will include a seat in the U.S. Senate; a seat representing the local district in the House of Representatives; a seat representing Hancock, Brooke, Ohio and part of Marshall counties in the state Senate; two seats representing the 1st Delegate District, which includes Hancock County and a portion of Brooke County; and a seat representing the 2nd Delegate District, which includes Brooke and a portion of Ohio County, in the state House of Delegates.

Also on the ballots will be renewal of the county’s ambulance excess levy; fire and animal shelter levies; and a seat on the county commission sought by Republican Don Perkins and Democrat A.J. Thomas, both of Follansbee.

Incumbent Jim Andreozzi has chosen not to seek re-election.


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