MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Martinsburg residents will be able to vote early in the city’s municipal election on Saturday and on June 9, City Recorder Gena Long said Thursday.
Long, the city’s chief election officer, said she was advised by Secretary of State Natalie Tennant’s office that early voting is to be held on two Saturdays prior to the June 12 election, instead of only one Saturday as previously announced.
Early voting in the election began Wednesday at City Hall, and ballots can be cast from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day through June 9, except Sunday.
Long said 83 early ballots had been cast as of 4:30 p.m., Thursday.
Jake Glance, spokesman for Tennant’s office, said Thursday in an email that the state’s original early voting law provided for a time frame that spanned three Saturdays, but no early voting on the first Saturday. Lawmakers last year reduced the early voting period from 15 to 10 days, but still required early voting on two Saturdays, according to state code.