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Early voting in Martinsburg election begins Wednesday

May 29, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Early voting in the City of Martinsburg’s highly contested municipal election begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday at City Hall, according to the city’s chief election officer.

If voters are unable to get to their assigned precinct on June 12, which is Election Day, they may cast their votes early through Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to City Recorder Gena Long. Early voting will not be held June 2 and 3.

Early voting will take place in the J. Oakley Seibert Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall at 232 N. Queen St. and ballots will available at Long’s office, also on the second floor.

No electioneering, such as having signs on vehicles, is allowed on City Hall property or in the building while early voting is under way, according to Long.

Nineteen people have filed for office in the municipal election, which includes contested races for mayor and all seven council seats.

The winners are elected to four-year terms and are eligible for insurance benefits. The mayor is paid $6,000 annually and council members are paid $2,400 annually. In addition to early voting, voters also can request an absentee ballot. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is June 6, according to Long.

Residents with questions concerning the election can contact the City Recorder at 304-264-2131, ext. 273, or send an email to glong@cityofmartinsburg.org.

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