Get out, and vote early

The primary election is scheduled for May 13 in West Virginia.

Before that day comes, however, residents will have an opportunity to go ahead and cast their votes just in case they think they may not be able to make it to their regular polling site.

For the last several years, West Virginia has offered an early voting program, which allows Mountain State residents to cast their votes in the weeks before any election simply by stopping by their county courthouse during regular business hours.

For the upcoming primary, early voting begins Wednesday and lasts until May 10.

You don’t need to have a reason. Whether you won’t be in town, or just think you’re not going to have the time on election day itself, you can make use of the early voting period.

While it is a primary, and few local races are contested, that makes it no less important.

Nationally, voters will narrow their choices for West Virginia’s next U.S. Senator, with several trying to be the one to take over the seat once Sen. Jay Rockefeller steps down at the end of the year.

In both Hancock and Brooke counties, a seat on the county commission is up for grabs.

Hancock County citizens will cast their ballots to determine three school board seats, in the meantime.

Brooke County voters also will decide whether to continue two levies, which have been on the books for many years, and provide funding for a variety of services.

Whatever your choice, we encourage you to make use of this early voting period and let your voice be heard at the ballot box.