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Let your voices be heard, vote early

The time for voting in West Virginia’s primary election officially is under way as early voting statewide begins today.

Those interested in casting their ballot prior to the May 8 election may do so by visiting their county clerk’s office during regular business hours weekdays and Saturdays through May 5.

Whether you will be out of town or unavailable on election day, or simply don’t wish to face the crowds heading to the ballot box, the early voting period makes it possible to still participate in the voting process. You don’t have to provide a reason, just go to the county courthouse and cast your ballot.

Voting is an important part of citizenship in our country. It is one of the many ways in which we can voice our opinions on the direction of our country, our state and our communities, as well as those we elect to lead them.

On the national level, this year will see decisions for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House, while statewide choices will include representatives to the West Virginia Legislature. Local races include county school boards and county commissions, with some local levies also on the ballot.

We encourage all registered voters to make use of this opportunity and cast their ballot.

In addition, we remind voters that, beginning this year, they must present a form of identification when casting their ballot — whether during early voting or on election day itself.

Acceptable forms of identification include a driver’s license; passport; government, student or military ID card with photo; concealed carry permit; Medicare or Social Security card; utility bill or voter registration card.

Let your voices be heard in this election.

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