TAYLOR COUNTY—The polls have closed, ballots have been cast, the votes have been tallied, and the residents of Taylor County have spoken. For some hopefuls, tonight will bring celebration.
A crowd gathered outside of the Taylor County Courthouse, to watch election officials post the vote totals on the boards.
During this year’s general election, voters were asked to cast their ballots on the National Ticket in the United States Senate race.
In the race, Republican Patrick Morrisey and Libertarian Rusty Hollen sought to unseat Democratic incumbent Joseph Manchin, III. Although the final numbers were not tallied by press time, local voters turned out in support of Morrisey, who won the county with 2,633 votes, while Manchin brought in 2,360 and Hollen 272.
Democrat Stephanie Zucker was hopeful in her State Senatorial race, against incumbent David Sypot, Republican. Taylor County voters spoke, choosing Sypolt, with 3,168 votes to Zucker’s 2,054, as their candidate of choice for the county. Again, the official results for the state race were not available by press time.
Additionally in state races, Republican Amy Summers rallied to defend her position against Democratic hopeful George Alan Able in the 49th District House of Representatives race.
District totals do not reflect the votes from other counties served by those representatives, however Taylor County residents rallied their support for Summers, who won the election locally with 3,064 votes to Abel’s 1,774.
In local races, voters hit the polls to cast their ballots for the race for County Commission. Democrat Mike Manypenny and Republican Sam Gerkin both had supporters visiting the polls this election season, but when the votes were tallied, Gerkin was named as the newest member of the Taylor County Commission. Gerkin pulled in 61 percent of the county’s vote, 3,208 to 2,032.
Taylor County voters made their voices heard, when they were asked to vote on two Constitutional Amendments.
Amendment No. 1 would clarify that nothing in the West Virginia Constitution secures or protects a right to an abortion or requires funding of abortion. Taylor County residents voted in favor of the constitutional amendment, with 2,987 votes for and a close 2,265 against.
Amendment No. 2 pertains to Judicial Budget Oversight. Seventy-seven percent of the county’s voters were in support of the amendment (3,870 to 1,156), which would allow the legislature to reduce the state judiciary budget by up to 15 percent.
City of Grafton residents were tasked with deciding the fate of an official ballot levy regarding the allocation of funding for the city’s street paving program.
The renewal levy asked that beginning July 1, 2019, and for each year subsequently for four years, that a rate of $2.16 cents be applied to Class I property, $4.32 cents for Class II property and $8.64 cents on Class IV property per $100 valuation. The levy monies would be collected and used for the City of Grafton Street Paving program. After the votes had been tallied, residents passed the renewal levy, with a staggering 934 votes to 379.
As for the Supreme Court Justice race, Evan Jenkins and Tim Armstead carried the county, both earning 30 percent of the county’s voter’s support.
These election results will remain unofficial until a canvasing is done to ensure all votes are accurate, according to Taylor County Clerk Georgianna Thompson.
The canvasing accounts for every absentee ballot, along with every ballot cast during early voting and on election day.
“These numbers are just very close guesses and will remain unofficial until the canvasing is complete,” Thompson shared.