Early voting has officially begun ahead of the Nov. 6 primary election.
The Greenbrier County Courthouse will be open for voters from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. The last day to vote early is Saturday, Nov. 3. Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.
The voter registration deadline was Oct. 16 for West Virginia. Recognized political parties in West Virginia include the Democratic party, Republican party, Libertarian party, and the Mountain party. According to the Secretary of State’s website, as of Oct. 16 in Greenbrier County there are 11,367 registered Democrats, 8,305 registered Republicans, 109 registered Libertarians, and 46 registered Mountain party voters. There are also 5,727 registered with no party affiliation, and 1,208 registered under “other.” This brings the grand total of registered voters in the county to 26,762.
Candidates on the ballot are as follows:
- U.S. Senator (choose one): Patrick Morrisey (R), Joseph Manchin (D), Rusty Hollen (Lib), or write-in.
- U.S. House of Representatives (choose one): Carol Miller (R), Richard Ojeda (D), or write-in.
- State Senator (choose one): George “Boogie” Ambler (R), Stephen Baldwin (D), or write-in.
- House of Delegates (choose no more than two): Denny R. Canterbury (R), Steve Malcomb (R), Jeff Campbell (D), Cindy Lavender-Bowe (D), or write-in.
- County Commissioner (choose one): Tammy Shifflett Tincher (D), or write-in.
- Sheriff (choose one): Mark Robinson (R), Bruce Sloan (D), or write-in.
- Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, Division 1 (choose one): Robert H. Carlton, Harry C. “Bo” Bruner Jr., Mark Hunt, Hiram “Buck” Lewis, Chris Wilkes, Jeff C. Woods, Tim Armstead, D.C. Offutt Jr., Joanna Tabit, Ronald H. Hatfield Jr., or write-in.
- Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, Division 2 (choose one): Robert J. Frank, Marty “Redshoes” Sheehan, William Stewart Thompson, William Schwartz, Jeffrey Kessler, Brenden D. Long, Dennise Renee Smith, Jim O’Brien, Jim Douglas, Evan Jenkins, or write-in.
There are two proposed amendments to the West Virginia Constitution.
- Amendment One is the “no constitutional right to abortion” amendment. The summary of purpose for the amendment is as follows: To amend the West Virginia Constitution to clarify that nothing in the Constitution of West Virginia secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of abortion. Voters can vote “for” or “against” the proposed amendment.
- Amendment Two is the judicial budget oversight amendment. The summary of purpose for the amendment is as follows: Providing that the total general revenue appropriations to the judiciary may be reduced in the budget bill, and setting forth the required procedures to be followed by the Legislature to enact any decrease in the total general revenue appropriations to the judiciary to an amount that is less than 85 percent of the amount of the total general revenue appropriations to the judiciary in the most recently enacted budget; providing that when requested by the Legislature, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals must appear and be heard and answer inquiries relative any budget bill; and conforming language relating to the introduction of the budget and matters that may be taken up during extended sessions to more recent amendments to the constitution.
Overall, Amendment Two proposes that the budget for the judiciary committee must be regulated by the legislature. It is currently regulated by the Supreme Court. Voters can vote “for” or “against” the proposed amendment.