Record breaking early voting numbers

By Erin Perkins -

POINT PLEASANT — Early voting for a mid-term election is at an all time high for Mason County this year, hitting 2,601 early ballots cast.

Of those voters, County Clerk Diana Cromley reported, 1,172 voted as Democrats, while 1,128 voted as Republicans, 129 voted Independent, 1 voted in the Mountain Party, 4 voted as Libertarians, 1 voted in the Constitution party, and 166 voted with no party affiliation.

Cromley commented she has not seen an early voting turnout so high for a mid-term election. She expects a good turnout for tomorrow as well as a promising turnout during early voting typically coincides with a promising turnout on election day.

Polls will open at 6:30 a.m. this morning (Tuesday) at the designated 30 voting precincts within Mason County and will close at 7:30 p.m.

Voters are required to bring a form of ID with them.

Acceptable forms of non-photo identification include: voter registration card, medicare card/ social security card, birth certificate, W.Va. hunting or fishing license, W.Va. SNAP ID card, W.V. TANF program ID card, W.Va. Medicaid ID card, bank or debit card, utility bill or bank statement issued within the last six months to the date of the election, health insurance card issued to the voter.

Acceptable forms of photo identification include: W.Va. driver’s license or W.Va. ID card issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles, driver’s license issued by another state, U.S. passport or passport card, military ID card issued by the U.S., U.S. or W.Va. government employee ID card, student ID card, a concealed carry (pistol/revolver) permit.

The voting statistics for Mason County are as follows: 18,093 total registered voters. Of those voters, 7,967 are registered Democrats, while 6,568 are registered Republicans, 676 are Independent, 20 belong to the Mountain Party, 68 are Libertarians, and 2,774 are listed as non-party voters, and 18 are listed as “other” voters.

Absentee votes will be counted tomorrow night along with the rest of the votes, 168 absentee ballots were mailed out for this election.

By Erin Perkins

Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Reach her at (304) 675-1333.

Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Reach her at (304) 675-1333.