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National Voter Registration Month Comes Just Ahead of Special Election

Jeff Gentner
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Voters wait in line at the Board of Education polling place on election day Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008 in Charleston, W.Va. (File Photo)

With National Voter Registration Month in September coming just ahead of a statewide special election, the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office is encouraging voters to make sure their registration makes them eligible to head to the polls in early October. 

The deadline to register to vote on the upcoming road bond amendment is on or before Monday, September 18th. Those who are not yet registered to vote or need to update their current registration must do so before the deadline. Voters with up-to-date registrations are already eligible to vote in the upcoming special election.

Secretary of State Mac Warner said National Voter Registration Month, combined with the unusual timing of the upcoming election, is cause to encourage voters to make sure their registrations are correct.

“People think of elections in November — the general elections — and in May are the primaries here in West Virginia. So, having an election in October is out of the norm,” said Warner.

The special election to consider a $1.6 billion road bond amendment is scheduled for Saturday, October 7th. Early voting for the~special election begins on Friday, September 22nd and continues -- except on Sunday’s -- until Wednesday, October 4th.

A native of Washington, West Virginia, Dave Mistich joined West Virginia Public Broadcasting in October of 2012, as the Charleston Reporter. After bouncing around a variety of newsroom roles at WVPB, he now focuses on state-level politics and government, as well as breaking news. Dave plays on the world's best-worst softball team, Chico's Bail Bonds. He can be reached via email at dmistich@wvpublic.org and you can follow him on Twitter @davemistich.

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