Today is the day…or it least it’s the final day: Election Day. The polls opening at precincts across the state at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.
If you didn’t take advantage of early voting and want to vote, but don’t know who is on the ballot or even where your polling place is, the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office can help.
Visit GoVoteWV.com to find sample ballots for your county, check your voter registration, find your polling place, learn about the state’s extremely flexible Voter ID requirements (just about anything in your wallet and purse will work as ID), and find contact information for your local county clerk.
If you need to learn more about people or issues down the ballot, I won’t be of much help. But I can help you learn more about candidates for statewide office, U.S. Senate candidates, and constitutional amendments on your ballot.
Let’s start with candidates for the special elections for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. There are two divisions and you select one candidate for each division.
Next up, we have candidates for U.S. Senate. The incumbent is U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. He is being challenged by Republican state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. Read more here.
Ogden Newspapers across the state endorsed Manchin for re-election. Read more here.
Lastly, there are two constitutional amendments on the ballot. Amendment 1 would add language to the state constitution saying “Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of abortion.” Read more here.
Amendment 2 would give the West Virginia Legislature oversight of the judicial branch’s budget. West Virginia is the only state where the legislative branch has no say over the budget submitted by the judicial branch. Read more here.
Ogden Newspapers in West Virginia have endorsed Amendment 2. Read more here.
Hopefully, this short guide will help you today as you cast your vote.