WHEELING - West Virginians eager to vote in the upcoming presidential election can cast their ballots beginning Wednesday.
Early voting season starts Wednesday morning and continues through Nov. 3 at courthouses across West Virginia. Absentee ballot applications also can be requested from county clerks' offices, and a great many already have returned absentee ballots in the area, according to information available from the West Virginia Secretary of State's Office.
The office reports that 230 absentee ballots have been returned in Ohio County as of Oct. 19 - the third highest total in the state behind Kanawha County at 484, and Cabell County at 264.
Among other local counties, Brooke County reported 91 absentee ballots returned; Hancock County, 81; Marshall County, 98; Tyler County, 23; and Wetzel County, 56.
Hours and phone numbers for early voting information in West Virginia's Northern Panhandle:
Brooke County - 9 a.m to 5 p.m.; call 304-737-3661
Hancock County - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; call 304-564-3311
Marshall County - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and until 5:30 p.m. Fridays; call 304-845-1220
Ohio County - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; call 304-234-3750
Tyler County - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; call 304-758-2102
Wetzel County - 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays; 304-455-8224.