KEYSER - Early voting is currently underway for the special election set for Saturday, Oct. 7, for the “Roads to Prosperity” amendment, and voter turnout has been “very low” in Mineral County.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Early voting is currently underway for the special election set for Saturday, Oct. 7, for the “Roads to Prosperity” amendment, and voter turnout has been “very low” in Mineral County.
The amendment calls for the issuance of up to $1.6 billion in bonds to fund road construction throughout the state of West Virginia.
According to Mineral County clerk Lauren Ellifritz, since early voting started on Friday, Sept. 22, they have only had 80 voters cast their ballots.
“And that includes our poll workers,” she added.
West Virginia secretary of state Mac Warner said Monday a total of 5,000 citizens have voted statewide thus far.
Early voting will continue through Wednesday, Oct. 4, in the county commission room in the rear of the Mineral County Courthouse.
Those wishing to vote early may do so between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays, and between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30.
Those wishing to request absentee ballots may do so until Monday, Oct. 2. Absentee ballots may be requested at the county clerk’s office in the courthouse, or on the West Virginia secretary of state’s website at wv.sos.wv.gov.
The polls will be open on Election Day from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and voters in four precincts in Mineral County will see a temporary change in their poll location:
 - Precinct 5: Those who normally vote at the Short Gap Fire Hall will vote at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church for this special election.
 - Precinct 16: Those who normally vote at the Disabled American Veterans Building on North Main Street in Keyser will vote at the Keyser American Legion for this special election.
 - Precinct 23: Those who normally vote at the Developmental Center & Workshop on Clary Street will vote at St. Mary’s Hall on James Street for this special election.
 - Precinct 31: Those who normally vote at Holy Cross Church in Carpendale will vote at Carpendale City Hall for this special election.
For further information about the special election, call county clerk Ellifritz at 304-788-3924.