2017-08-16 / Front Page

Clerk moves polling places for October election

by Kate Shunney

Morgan County Clerk Kim Nickles has told county commissioners she will have to move seven of the county’s 13 polling places for an October 7 special election because of the Apple Butter Festival. Those polling places are in areas that would be affected by festival street closures and activities.

Nickles said voters in precincts #4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 would vote at Warm Springs Intermediate School instead of their normal polling place. Those voters would normally cast ballots at Widmyer Elementary, the Community Service Center, Berkeley Springs High School, the courthouse and the School Board office in Berkeley Springs.

Voters in precinct 25 who cast ballots at Cacapon State Park will do so at the Bathhouse building rather than at the handicapped accessible cabin.

The October 7 special election is for a state amendment relating to road bonds.

Nickles said her office must mail letters to all voters affected by the poll changes. She said the state would reimburse the county for the cost of mailings, signage, poll workers and paper ballots.

Commissioners approved the polling place changes. Commission President Joel Tuttle said the change is a “one-time event” and that voting would take place in the normal polling places during the next election.

Voters have until September 18 to register to vote in the special election.

Early voting on the bond issue will take place from September 22 to October 4 at the Morgan County Courthouse.

EDA appointment

The Morgan County Commission appointed Mark Garfinkel to an open seat on the Economic Development Authority (EDA) on a motion from Commissioner Ken Reed during the August 2 meeting. EDA director Daryl Cowles said the board has another opening specifically for a Paw Paw representative.

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