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Polls open all day in Pennsylvania, West Virginia

November 05, 2012

Polls in Franklin County are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

In West Virginia, polls open Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. People can still vote if they are in line at a polling location by closing time, according to the Secretary of State’s office.

On Monday, Franklin County’s elections board and voter registration office got a number of calls from people checking their registration status and polling place information.

Byers said other calls came from emergency responders deployed to New York and New Jersey for the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. They are eligible to have ballots emailed to them.

By Monday afternoon, all the voting machines had been delivered to Franklin County’s polls. Crews were delivering the ballots and supplies.

Four polling places lost electricity after Superstorm Sandy, but power was restored to all of them by the end of the weekend, Byers said.

Franklin County has more than 73,000 registered voters.

“They will be asked to show a voter ID,” Byers said. “They will be allowed to vote without one.”

A judge’s decision delayed the implementation of Pennsylvania’s new voter-identification law, which would have required a photo ID Tuesday.

Berkeley County Deputy County Clerk Bonnie Woodfall said first-time voters should bring photo identification with them to the polls. She said most Berkeley County voters bring their registration cards to the polls, but they are not required.

As of Monday, 9,596 people in Berkeley County had voted early in person or absentee by mail, according to the Secretary of State’s office. In Jefferson County, 6,434 people had already voted and Morgan County reported 2,215, according to the state’s chief election officer.

Berkeley County voters can obtain directions to their assigned voting location, as well as sample ballots for their specific voting precinct, on the Web at http://berkeleywv.org. Jefferson County voters can obtain similar information online at http://jeffersoncountyclerkwv.com.

Voter-registration information may be obtained on the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.wv.gov.

— Matthew Umstead and Jennifer Fitch

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