UPDATE: West Virginia Primary Early Voting Turnout

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UPDATE 5/9/2014 4:50 PM

The numbers are in, and they're not looking too hot.

We're talking about the number of West Virginians who've voted early in Tuesday's primary.

State officials say just about 34,000 people have voted either by mail or in person.

They're blaming the light turnout on a small number of contested races.

But here in Wood County it's a different story.

With several general elections on the ballot, officials say numbers are steady.

Early voting lasts through Saturday.

The four voting locations are at the Williamstown and Vienna city buildings, and volunteer fire stations in Lubeck and Mineral Wells.

Updated: 5/06/2014 4 P.M.

Community, or satellite voting sites are now open in Wood County for the May primary.

Four community voting sites opened Tuesday in Wood County. That's in addition to the main site at the Donald F. Black Annex in downtown Parkersburg.

Based on both early voting and absentee balloting, election officials predict a light overall turnout for next week's local primary.

"We have sent out only 65 absentee ballots so far, and that's about half of what we did in the last off-year election cycle," says County Clerk Mark Rhodes. "So it is lighter turnout, and the same with the early voting so far."
Rhodes says there is a little more interest in Williamstown, which has a contested election for the mayor's office.

In that race, Mayor Jean Ford is challenged by Loren Cullum and David Ward. The mayor will be elected in this race.

The four community voting locations are at the Williamstown and Vienna city buildings, and volunteer fire stations in Lubeck and Mineral Wells. The hours and dates are the same as for the Black Annex.


West Virginia's primary is May 13.

And early voting for that primary begins Wednesday.

Throughout the early voting period, it will be held at the Donald Black Annex in downtown Parkersburg.

County Clerk Mark Rhodes says, based on the number of absentee ballots in so far, turnout for early voting and the primary may be light.

"The hours are from 8:30 to 4:30, and will run until May 10," Rhodes says. "On Saturdays, it is 9 to 5. On May 6, we will start the community voting sites at Lubeck Volunteer Fire Department, Mineral Wells Volunteer Fire Department, Williamstown City Building and Vienna City Building."

Political party representatives for the fall election will be chosen, but members of Wood County's Board of Education will be elected outright.

Voters in the cities of Parkersburg and Vienna will also decide on continuing a levy for the Mid-Ohio Valley Transit Authority.

Washington County's-and Ohio's-early voting period for Ohio's May 6 primary ends Saturday.

County elections board director Tara Hupp says turnout has been lower than it was for the last comparable election year in 2010.

A list of candidates in Wood County can be found by going to the "Hot Button" on our home page.

That list, however, does not include candidates for the city of Williamstown, who also will be elected May 13.

Mayor Jean Ford has two opponents: Loren Cullum and David Ward.

Ron Erb and Marty Seufer are the candidates for Williamstown City Council, with two to be elected.

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