Voter registration deadline nears
Next Tuesday, October 16, is the last chance to register to vote in the General Election on Tuesday, November 6.
Registration is a simple process at the County Clerk’s Office in the courthouse.
Early in-person voting for the election will begin at the County Clerk’s Office on Wednesday, October 24, and will continue through Saturday, November 3.
In addition to regular courthouse hours, the County Clerk’s Office will be open for early voting from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, October 27 and November 3.
Sheriff’s term limits
General Election voters will choose a Morgan County commissioner, sheriff, assessor and two magistrates in addition to U.S. president, members of Congress, governor, state legislators and various state office
Also on the November 6 ballot in West Virginia is a proposed amendment to the state constitution. Voters will decide whether to allow a sheriff to serve more than two 4-year terms. Presently, the constitution limits the sheriff to two terms.
Third party candidates
Since the Republican and Democratic primary elections in May, several “third party” candidates have been added to the General Election ballot.
In addition to Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, there are three other candidates for U.S. president on the West Virginia ballot.
They are Gary Johnson of New Mexico (Libertarian); Jill Stein of Massachusetts (Mountain Party); and independent Randall Terry of Purgitsville in adjoining Hampshire County.
Running for U.S. Senate against Democratic incumbent Joe Manchin and Republican John Raese is Mountain Party candidate John Henry Baber of Glenville, Gilmer County.
Running for governor against Democratic incumbent Earl Ray Tomblin and Republican Bill Maloney is Libertarian candidate David Moran of Eglon, Preston County.
Opposing Republican Craig Blair of Martinsburg for State Senate from this district is Constitution Party candidate Daniel Litten of Fort Ashby, Mineral County.
The October 17 and 24 issues of The Morgan Messenger will include responses from local candidates to questions posed by The Messenger.
A “Meet the Candidate” event, sponsored by the Berkeley Springs American Legion and The Messenger, will be held on Sunday, October 14. Look for details in a separate article.