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 Mercer County
In Mercer County, and all of West Virginia, early voting starts on Oct. 26.
You can vote early from Oct. 26 through Nov. 5 at the Mercer County Courthouse, Covenant Baptist Church in Princeton, Four Seasons Answering Service in Bluefield or the Bluefield Auditorium. More information, including address and hours, is here.
Unlike in recent years, voting by mail is only available for West Virginians who are unable to vote in person for reasons like illness, incarceration, work schedule and travel. Here’s more information about voting absentee.
On Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, polls in Mercer County will be open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. You can check your voter registration and polling place 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 Mercer 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. Mercer County is part of West Virginia’s 1st Congressional District.
1st Congressional District
To be eligible to serve in the U.S. House, a candidate has be at least 25 years old, have been a U.S. citizen for at least seven years, and live in the state they represent. For more information about these three House candidates, click here.
West Virginia House of Delegates
Mercer County is part of four 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.
Who you see on your ballot for West Virginia House depends on where you live.
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37th Delegate District
38th Delegate District
39th Delegate District
41st Delegate District
West Virginia State Senate
Mercer County is part of Senate District 6. 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.
6th Senate District
There are three county races on Mercer 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.
Each 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.
In Mercer County, two candidates are vying for a seat in the county’s 1st District.
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 Mercer County races call the Mercer County Clerk at 304-487-8312.
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