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Voting is important, especially now

It has been a strange, unsettling year, has it not? All the more reason to make your voice heard in the June 9 West Virginia primary election. The need for good leadership is more apparent than it has been for many years.

If you are not registered to vote, you cannot cast a ballot in the primary. There is still time to take care of that; the deadline to register is Tuesday.

You can do it online by using Secretary of State Mac Warner’s website: GoVote.WV.com. You can also check on whether you are registered.

While the nominees for this fall’s presidential election have already been determined, there’s still a lot for residents of Hancock and Brooke counties to vote on.

Democrats and Republicans will be choosing the candidates who will face off for governor in November, for instance. Voters also will be choosing candidates who will represent their parties in other races. Contested battles are being fought for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, state Senate, the House of Delegates, county commissioner, sheriff, magistrate and seats on the school boards.

If you are not registered — or are uncertain — check the website. And, if you are not yet registered but decide you want to vote in the Nov. 3 general election, you will have until Oct. 13 to complete the process.

Every election is important, and that includes this year’s primary. We hope you will participate — either through an absentee ballot; early voting, which will run from May 27 through June 6; or in person on June 9.

But before you can do that, you have to be registered. Don’t forget. It is important, especially now.

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