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Primary rules to remember when heading to the polls

March 30, 2006|by TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Debra Kesecker, Morgan County Clerk, said there are rules governing the primary election:

  • Registered Independent party members can vote only for the Board of Education candidates, which is a nonpartisan election.

  • Registered voters not affiliated with any party must request a Republican ballot from a poll worker. Otherwise, they will receive a Board of Education nonpartisan ballot only, Kesecker said.

  • In West Virginia, the Democratic Party does not allow no-party affiliated registered voters to vote for Democrats in the primary election, she said.


Kesecker said if a Democratic ballot is requested by a no-party voter, the poll worker will not refuse it, but the vote will be challenged at the polls, and during the Board of Canvass, which is held after the election by the county commissioners, the vote will not be counted, she said.

Voters can change party affiliation through April 18 at the Morgan County Courthouse, she said.

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Early voting begins April 19 at the courthouse.

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