KEYSER – A “very, very light” turnout of voters in Mineral County Saturday passed Gov. Jim Justice's “Roads to Prosperity” referendum – falling in line with the remainder of the state which overwhelmingly approved the ordinance.

By Liz Beavers

lbeavers@newstribune.info

Tribune Managing Editor

KEYSER – A “very, very light” turnout of voters in Mineral County Saturday passed Gov. Jim Justice’s “Roads to Prosperity” referendum – falling in line with the remainder of the state which overwhelmingly approved the ordinance.

In unofficial results from Mineral County, 906 voted for the amendment and 570 against.

County clerk Lauren Ellifritz said those totals include early voting and absentee ballots.

There are 14 provisional ballots to be examined during the canvass, but Ellifritz noted that they would have no effect on the outcome.

Statewide, 75,321 voted for the amendment, while 29,135 voted against, according to the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office.

All counties had reported their totals as of 10:30 p.m., and tallies will remain unofficial until each county can canvass the ballots next week. Mineral County’s canvass is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 13.

The “Roads to Prosperity” amendment permits the state to sell bonds to fund approximately 600 highways projects throughout the state. According to Gov. Justice, that will translate into 48,000 jobs for West Virginians.