The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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November 2, 2012

Record numbers turn out for early voting in Wyoming County

Voters have turned out in record numbers to take advantage of early voting, according to Mike Goode, Wyoming County clerk and chief election officer.

The county courthouse was closed Tuesday and Wednesday, which temporarily suspended early voting due to the winter storm, but voters returned Thursday, he said.

“We’ve had a tremendous amount of voting every day since early voting began,” Goode emphasized.

He believes it is an indication of just how unhappy voters are with the state of the economy, among other issues.

Those who wish to take advantage of early voting may do so today and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the courthouse lobby.

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Additionally, due to the storm, some poll worker training had to be rescheduled. One make-up session will be conducted Saturday, in the courtroom of the courthouse in Pineville, beginning at 10 a.m. Another make-up training session is scheduled Monday beginning promptly at 9 a.m. in the courtroom, Goode said.

“And we will begin promptly at 9 a.m. Monday. There is other business scheduled in the courtroom Monday, so we have to stay on schedule,” Goode emphasized.

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Only one contested county race is on the Nov. 6 general election ballot in Wyoming County.

Incumbent magistrates J.R. Boles, Craig Cook, and Kim Farmer, all Democrats, face Republican Gerald R. Jackson for the three available seats.

Commissioner Silas Mullins, Prosecuting Attorney Rick Staton, Sheriff Randall Aliff and Assessor Michael E. Cook are all unopposed. All are incumbents and all are Democrats.

— E-mail: mcbrooks@register-herald.com

 

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