Clearing confusion when registering to vote

Registration deadline Oct. 18

By Beth Sergent -

POINT PLEASANT — With the general election less than a month away, so is the deadline to register to vote.

In West Virginia, that registration deadline is 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18. One of the easiest ways to register is to visit any local county clerk’s office, with Mason County Clerk Diana Cromley’s office located on the second floor of the Mason County Courthouse.

On Oct. 4, West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant announced a postcard mailing was being sent to potential voters who were not yet registered to vote, in an effort to increase participation in the electoral process. However, there seems to have been a disconnect between Tennant and the county clerks over this initiative. According to a press release from the West Virginia County Clerk’s Association on behalf of county clerks, including Cromley: “These postcards were not generated nor mailed by your county clerk.”

The statement went on to say: “The names were pulled from data analyzed by the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) which uses voter registration data, DMV data, and social security data and shares this information among states that are members of ERIC. With authorization from the Legislature, the Office of the Secretary of State of West Virginia joined ERIC this year and used the system to send these postcards. If you receive a postcard indicating that you are not a registered voter but you, in fact, are registered, please call the Office of the Secretary of State at 304-558-6000 to ask them to correct the error. County clerks were not informed until after the fact that information was being compiled through ERIC or that the postcards were being sent and we in no way authorized this action.”

For those who would like to register to vote, when arriving at the county clerk’s office, you will need: Your name as it appears on your West Virginia driver’s license or ID card. Your date of birth. Your West Virginia driver’s license or ID card number. Your last four digits of your Social Security number. Voters can also register with the aforementioned materials online at the WV SOS website.

In Mason County, as of Sept. 30, there were 18,010 registered voters, of which, there are 8,471 Democrats, 6,267 Republicans, 17 Mountain Party, 40 Libertarians, 2,616 no party, 599 other party.

Early voting begins Oct. 26 through Nov. 5 at the Mason County Courthouse, in the county commission room on the second floor. Early Voting is available on weekdays during regular business hours and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.​ The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8.

For those with questions about registration, or those who feel they incorrectly received a postcard from the WV SOS’s office, call Cromley’s office at 304-675-1997.

Registration deadline Oct. 18

By Beth Sergent

Reach Beth Sergent at or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.

Reach Beth Sergent at or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.