Cumberland Times-News

October 9, 2012

Voting in Mineral County begins Oct. 24

Elaine Blaisdell
Cumberland Times-News

— KEYSER, W.Va. — Early voting for the November general election in Mineral County will begin Oct. 24.

“Elections are right on track,” said County Clerk Lauren Ellifritz during the county commission meeting Tuesday.

Testing on the early voting machines will be performed on Oct. 17 at 1 p.m. and will take about three hours per machine, according to Ellifritz. The rest of the equipment will be tested at a later date.

Early voting hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays through Nov. 3 in the courthouse. Voting does not take place on Sundays.

The ballot for the Nov. 6 general election won’t be as long as the ballot was for the primary election, said Ellifritz.

In the general election, Republican candidate Jerry Whisner will face off against incumbent Democrat Cindy Pyles for a county commission seat. In the race for sheriff, incumbent Democrat Craig Fraley will face off against Republican challenger Jeremy Taylor, who ran unopposed.

In other commission news, Ellifritz said that the memorandums of understanding for the fire departments in regard to quarterly payments need to be updated.

The fire departments would have to sign a letter drafted by the commission indicating they no longer wish to receive quarterly payments based on the memorandum of understanding, according to Mike Bland, county coordinator.

In regard to the fire department fire policy levy, the commission is sending a letter to Chad Lindsay, president of the Mineral County Firefighters Association, noting that the motion made during the September meeting was for the representatives of all 11 volunteer fire departments to meet and discuss the policy. The letter also stated that Lindsay should report back to the county commission during its Nov. 27 meeting.

“So that we may confirm this and take the proper action of support,” reads the letter, which was signed by Commissioner Richard Lechliter.

During the September meeting, the commission voted to place the passage of the policy that addresses safety on hold for two months after the proposal caused contention between several volunteer fire departments.

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