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Let your voice be heard this election

The polls will be open in West Virginia Tuesday, and we continue to encourage area residents to let their voices be heard as part of the state’s primary election.

The last few months have been unique in many ways, and that includes political campaigns and the election process. Candidates have swapped video conferences and social media for traditional efforts to reach voters, and the voters have been able to adjust how they pick who they want representing them in various public offices.

The early voting period in West Virginia — where voters could visit their county courthouse to mark their ballots — ended Saturday. Prior to that, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, West Virginians were given the option of absentee voting by mail.

Whatever method chosen, the important thing is to vote, and if you decided to hold off until the actual election day, we remind you of the importance of participating in this process.

This is a presidential election year, of course, and much of the attention is focused on who will occupy the White House for the next four years. Other elections are up for grabs, too, and they are just as important, whether it be for representatives to the U.S. Congress, governor and your county board of education.

By voting, you are telling those currently in office whether you feel they have been doing a good job. You have a choice whether to continue on the path we currently travel, or to make a change.

We aren’t telling you how to vote, but we are asking you to vote. It is one of the most significant responsibilities of being a U.S. citizen and should not be taken lightly.

So, if you haven’t already cast your ballot, we ask you to take the short amount of time needed to visit your local polling location and let your voice be heard.

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