NEW HAVEN — While early voting is going well in New Haven’s upcoming election, the death of one candidate has caused officials to question possible outcomes.
Recorder Roberta Hysell said a total of 52 people had taken advantage of early voting as of Wednesday morning. Early voting will continue Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Meanwhile, one of the 10 candidates for council has passed away. Frances Weaver Taylor, a longtime New Haven Elementary School secretary and former council member, died last week. Her name remains on the ballot.
Hysell contacted the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office Wednesday and was told to post a note during early voting, as well as on election day, telling of Taylor’s passing. Should Taylor win the election, Hysell said she was told it would create a vacancy. When the new officials take office on July 1, that vacancy would be filled.
Election day is June 3, with polls being open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Only one candidate will be on the ballot for mayor — Charles R. Yonker. Incumbent Recorder Roberta Hysell is the lone candidate for that position.
Along with the late Taylor, there are nine other candidates vying for five council seats. They include Jeffrey Zerkle, Vinson “Smitty” Jarrell, Timothy Stone, Elnora Weaver, and incumbents Jim Elias, Sarah Gibbs, Amy Ferguson Gordon, Jessica Howard and Ken Vickers.