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Early Voting Kicks Off in West Virginia

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HUNTINGTON, WV. (WOWK) – We are just under two weeks from election day, but there’s no need to wait. As of this morning, West Virginians can get a head start by heading to the polls.

Wednesday, the lines at the Cabell County Courthouse were steady all day with voters ready to cast their ballots.

It’s that time of year again. No, not for cold weather and Pumpkin Spice Lattes, but voting! Voting season is finally upon us.

Cabell County Clerk Phyllis Smith says the steady lines began as soon as the courthouse opened at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. She expects about 5,000 voters to come out to the polls between Wednesday and November 3rd. But don’t take it from me, take it from Robert Grant, who wants to make sure his vote gets in on time.

“How long have they been doing early voting? I think [my wife and I] have always participated in early voting,” said Grant.

County Clerk Smith spoke about the acceptable forms of identification at the polls, which include a driver’s license, a passport, a voter registration card, or a utility bill. Both Smith and Grant stressed the importance of voting.

“A lot of countries don’t have the right to vote, and we do, and I think we ought to use that right,” said Smith. “You need to check up on the candidates, and find out who’s the best candidate, and, you know, make sure you go to vote.”

“[Voting] gives you the opportunity to exercise your right,” said Grant. “It’s a very important right, and as we look at the situation in the United States, the participation in your government is extremely important.”

County Clerk Smith tells 13 News that the County Courthouse probably gets the most voters during the early voting season, followed by the Sheriff’s Field Office, and then by Marshall. If you don’t know where to go vote, you can log onto vote.org and punch in your address to find out.

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