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Voter registration deadline looms for Berkeley Co. primary

April 02, 2010|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The last day to register to vote or to make any registration changes for the upcoming primary election is April 20, according to an announcement this week from Berkeley County Clerk John W. Small Jr.'s office.

As of March 22, there were more than 60,000 Berkeley County residents registered to vote -- 22,363 Republicans, 22,231 Democrats and 15,462 unaffiliated registered voters, according to a report generated by Small's office.

Early and absentee voting begins April 21 at the Berkeley County voter registration office at 110 W. King St. and continues through May 8, according to Small's office. The primary election is May 11.

Early voting hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and voters should have their registration card with them to vote. There is no early voting April 24 or 25 or May 2.

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Voters who are not affiliated, are independent or are registered with a party that isn't on the ballot may request to vote in the Republican or Democratic party's primary.

If voters do not specify one of the aforementioned political parties, they only will be given a nonpartisan ballot for the Berkeley County Board of Education election and the Conservation District supervisor, according to the announcement.

The last day to request an absentee ballot through the voter registration office is May 5, the announcement said. Absentee ballots must be mailed by May 6.

Individuals may request an absentee ballot by calling 304-264-1989.

A list of primary election candidates for Berkeley County is online at http://www.berkeleycountycomm.org/services/2010primary.cfm

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