KEYSER - Early voting has been slow in Mineral County, according to clerk Lauren Ellifritz.

By Liz Beavers
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Early voting has been slow in Mineral County, according to clerk Lauren Ellifritz.
Early voting for the May 8 primary election began on Wednesday, April 25, and is held in the commission room of the courthouse. Any registered voter in the state of West Virginia may vote early if they so choose.
“From Wednesday and up to now, we’ve only had 195 voters,” Ellifritz told the News Tribune late Monday afternoon.
She also noted that many of those ballots were cast by poll workers who have been taking their training in preparation for the election.
“That’s three classes of poll workers,” she said.
According to statistics released by West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner’s office, early voting has been progressing steadily throughout the state.
As of Monday morning, 207 had voted in Hampshire County, 178 in Hardy County, and 314 in Grant County.
Total number of early votes in the state was 24,164, with 12,779 of those being Democrat and 7,641 Republican.
The statistics Warner had for Mineral County, however, listed about twice as many Republicans as Democrats had voted.
 Early voting will continue until Saturday, May 5.
Although the first day for reduced hours of operation at the Mineral County Courthouse was Monday, Ellifritz said the poling place for early voting will continue to be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On Saturday, the poll will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Secretary Warner reminds all citizens to report election fraud immediately. If you “See Something – Say Something!” by calling 1-877-FRAUD-WV.