Election season is upon us, and while presidential candidates aren’t on the ballot this year, West Virginians will weigh in on a lot of important initiatives and races. There are four state constitutional amendments on the ballot, as well as the state’s two U.S. representatives, half of the 34 state Senate seats, each of the 100 House of Delegates seats and many city and county races.
Voting in Kanawha County
In Kanawha County, and all of West Virginia, early voting starts on Oct. 26.
You can vote early from Oct. 26 through Nov. 5 at a number of county locations, including the Voter Registration Office in Charleston, Belle Town Hall, Cross Lanes Sheriff’s Department, Elkview Community Center, Marmet Town Hall, Nitro Police Department, Sissonville Library and St Albans City Hall. More information, including address and hours, is here.
There are four proposed amendments to the West Virginia Constitution on every state ballot. They include:
Amendment 1 – Impeachment trials. If approved by voters, this amendment would bar all state courts from interfering with impeachment trials conducted by the West Virginia Legislature.
Amendment 2 – Property taxes. If approved by voters, this amendment would allow the state Legislature to adjust property taxes paid on business inventory; business machinery and equipment; and personal vehicles.
Amendment 3 – Incorporation of churches. If approved by voters, churches would be allowed to incorporate in West Virginia, which is the only state in the nation that does not allow the practice in its constitution.
Amendment 4 – Board of Education. If approved by voters, state lawmakers would have the final say over policies and rules created by the West Virginia Board of Education.
Below, you’ll find candidates that are on ballots for Kanawha County residents, though some depend on where you live. If you’re viewing on a computer, click the triangles in the shaded boxes to learn more about the candidates.
U.S. House of Representatives
West Virginia has two congressional districts, which each elect a congressperson to represent the district in the U.S. House of Representatives. Kanawha County is part of West Virginia’s 1st Congressional District.
Who you see on your ballot for West Virginia House and Senate depends on where you live.
Enter your address in this tool to see your districts.
West Virginia House of Delegates
Kanawha County is part of ten West Virginia House districts. The people elected to represent these districts will serve in the West Virginia House of Delegates, where regular citizens serve part-time in Charleston. There are 100 delegates in the West Virginia Legislature; the districts are divided based on population.
Delegates are elected to two-year terms. Candidates have to be at least 18 years old, and have lived in their district for a year.
52nd Delegate District
53rd Delegate District
54th Delegate District
55th Delegate District
56th Delegate District
57th Delegate District
58th Delegate District
59th Delegate District
60th Delegate District
61st Delegate District
West Virginia State Senate
Kanawha County is part of three senate districts: the 7th, the 8th and the 17th. Like delegates, state senators are regular citizens who serve part-time in the Legislature. However, there are fewer of them: 34 senators in total.
To run for the West Virginia Senate, candidates have to be at least 25 years old and have lived in the state for five years. They’re elected to four-year terms.
7th Senate District
8th Senate District
17th Senate District
There are several county races on Kanawha County ballots.
The circuit clerk is an officer within the judicial system. In each county, this is the person who performs duties like recording and filing all documents and funds that pertains to cases filed in Circuit and Family Courts.
They are elected to six-year terms, and have to be at least 18 years old and a county resident.
In every West Virginia county, county clerks are the chief elections officer. They also handle functions including voter registration, licenses (like marriages and deaths), handling payroll for county employees, maintaining county financial documents and assisting the county commission. In West Virginia, county clerks are elected to a six-year term. Candidates must be 18 years of age and a county resident.
Every West Virginia county has an elected county body that governs it. These officials are elected to six-year terms; their responsibilities include overseeing county tax dollars, supervising the county election process, maintaining the county courthouse and funding county services like libraries, ambulances, fire services and trash pick up. Candidates have to be at least 18 years old, and live in the magisterial district they’re vying to represent.
There is one candidate vying for one open position in Kanawha County.
Charleston City Races
Charleston Municipal Judge
Charleston City Treasurer
The Charleston Treasurer’s office is responsible for receiving cash and maintaining the city’s bank accounts and investments.
Charleston City Council
Voters can select up to six candidates.
These are all of the races that are listed on the West Virginia Secretary of State’s website, but there may be other local races on your ballot! For more information about Kanawha County races call the Kanawha County Clerk at 304-357-0130.