MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Based on Martinsburg residents' participation in early, "no excuse" voting in the last few weeks, turnout for the city's general election today should be higher than four years ago, Recorder Sharon A. Flick said Monday evening.
After 15 days of early voting ended Saturday, a little more than 200 ballots had been cast, Flick said. Considering the number of ballots cast this year amounted to 23 percent of the total cast for the 2004 election, Flick naturally expects a higher turnout than the 9.3 percent turnout four years ago.
The polls today open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.
"I am really going to be happy when it's over," Flick said Monday. "I could not have done it without (the Berkeley County) Voters Registration staff ... We work great together."
By this evening, Ward I voters are expected to have decided between Democrat Jason W. Baker of 735 W. John St., and Republican Dennis J. Etherington of 501 S. Georgia Ave.