2017-10-04 / Front Page

Morgan County voters back Roads to Prosperity bond issue

Local turnout was 10.2% in special election
Kate Shunney

Morgan County voters who turned out for today’s special election on a statewide road bond amendment solidly backed the ballot initiative, which appeared to have strong support across West Virginia at press time. News outlets at 10 p.m. were reporting that vote totals showed a 71.6% “Yes” vote, with 51 counties reporting results at that time.

Locally, the measure got 793 votes of support and 545 votes against the amendment to the state constitution. Despite that, the majority of voters in the Paw Paw, Greenwood and Pleasant View areas voted against the measure. The amendment will allow state lawmakers to sell $1.6 billion in bonds over five years and use the revenue to pay for a long list of roadway projects across the state.

Governor Jim Justice, who proposed the bond issue, visited Berkeley Springs on Tuesday, October 3 during a final push in the Eastern Panhandle to drum up support for the roadway spending amendment.

Just 10.2% of Morgan County’s 13,165 registered voters cast ballots during early voting and on Saturday, October 7 to decide the issue. Several polling places for the special election were moved due to the Apple Butter Festival.

Polls opened at 6:30 a.m. and closed at 7:30 p.m. on an unseasonably warm day for early October. The last precinct reported their results to the Morgan County Clerk by 9:30 p.m. Vote totals are preliminary until the Morgan County Commission canvasses the vote.

 

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