County Clerk clears up potential sample ballot confusion

TAYLOR COUNTY—You will notice beginning on page A9 and continuing on through page C8 of the paper are the Sample Express Vote ballots for the upcoming election. Taylor County Clerk Georgianna Thompson would like to clarify some issues that voters might see when visiting the poll.

Thompson said that the changes have occurred because the Taylor County Commission voted on and approved computer voting for this year’s election.

According to Thompson, one of the first thing that voters might notice are the names on the ballots for which they are voting.

“Each voter will see only the names of the candidates within their precinct or voting district on their ballots,” she explained. “The ballots in the paper will show all of the candidates for each position and had to be printed that way because of spacing issues.”

For example, the sample ballot for the Executive Committees will feature all candidates running in those prospective races, however, voters will only select candidates that are running in their districts.

Another race that will show on the sample ballots will be the City Council contest. Thompson wishes to clarify that only voters residing within city limits will be eligible to vote on that race.

“Not all the names listed on the sample ballots will show for the voters on their individual ballots,” she clarified. “Individuals will only see the names of candidates for which they can vote.”

“Also, we wanted voters to take notice that Precinct 5 is the only precinct where voters will cast their ballots for candidates in the District 48 House of Delegates race. All other precincts will vote for candidates in District 49,” she added

Another issue that Thompson would like to address is the use of the exit button at the bottom of the screen.

“The Secretary of State has stressed that voters should only use the exit button to cancel their ballots and start over,” she said. “The exit button will result in a non-vote for the individual.”

When voting, individuals will need to make their selections and then proceed to the last screen where they will have the option to cast their ballots.

“I cannot stress enough that unless someone wants to completely stop the voting process in the middle of their ballot, they should not hit the exit button,” she voiced.

Thompson said that her office is equipped with a sample demo for voters who wish to use it, to help them feel more secure at the polls.

“They can come in and cast their vote on items such as ice cream flavors and fictional characters,” she jested.

Thompson reported that each precinct will be outfitted with two voting machines per precinct. Early voting is set to begin on April 25 and will continue through May 5, with no voting on Sundays.

Those wishing to cast early ballots will need to do so at the Taylor County Senior Citizens Center and the Taylor County Courthouse, during normal operating hours and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m., until 5:00 p.m.

Additionally, the last day to register to vote in the primary election, is Tuesday, April 17.

Are you interested in becoming part of the democratic method as a poll worker? Thompson’s office is still looking for individuals who are willing to devote some of their time to the voting process.

The Taylor County Clerk’s Office can be contacted by phone at 304-265-1401 with any questions or for additional information.

“Voting is an important practice for all individuals. So, be sure to head to the polls to cast your vote,” commented Thompson.

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