The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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May 2, 2014

Hundreds in area counties cast their votes early

— Statewide early voting began Wednesday, and a few hundred of the area’s voters took advantage of the opportunity to cast a ballot early.

Early voting hours at all locations are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays May 3 and May 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Fayette County, which opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m.

In Raleigh County, 124 voters came out in the chilly springtime temperatures to cast ballots, according to Deputy County Clerk Cecilia Chapman. The county has approximately 53,000 voters who can take advantage of early voting at 115 W. Prince St.

Summers County had 106 people vote, said Mary Beth Merritt, deputy county clerk. Early voting there takes place in the County Clerk’s office on the first floor of the courthouse.

Greenbrier County first-day early voters numbered in the low 90s, said Paula Dunford, elections clerk. While the Greenbrier County Courthouse is the only location for early voting this week, Dunford said a satellite precinct will be set up at the Rupert Community Center on Monday to accommodate early voters in the county’s western end. With more than 24,500 voters, Dunford said she expects voter turnout to be high.

Only 10 of Monroe County’s 10,157 registered voters had turned out for early voting Wednesday morning, according to County Clerk Donald Evans. Six voted at the 911 Center in Union, and four at the satellite early voting precinct in Peterstown town hall.

Wyoming County has four early voting locations — the courthouse in Pineville, Oceana Town Hall, Mullens City Hall and Hanover Public Library.

Fayette County offers three polling places: Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building in Fayetteville, the Danese Community Center and Montgomery City Hall.

— E-mail: ppritt@register-herald.com

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