For the News Tribune


KEYSER - Due to a shortage of poll workers for Tuesday’s primary election, two Mineral County voting locations had to be merged with the nearest available precinct.


Precinct 3 at Cross had to be relocated with Precinct 8 of Elk Garden School. Voters that would normally vote at Calvary Pentecostal Church in Cross will now go to the Elk Garden School for Tuesday’s elections.


Precinct 5 at the Short Gap Fire Hall had to be merged with Frankfort High School. Voters that would normally vote at the Short Gap Fire Hall will now go to Frankfort High School for this election to vote.


Mineral County clerk Lauren Ellifritz reminds voters that voting locations around the county will be working at minimal staff. In normal settings, voting locations have a requirement of five poll workers per precinct. With the pandemic, however, the state approved an order for this primary election that would allow a voting location to open with a minimum of three workers.


"This puts a strain on the workers," she said, " as they have many more responsibilities. When you go to the polls on Tuesday take a moment and say "THANK YOU" to the election workers who got up at 4 a.m. to make sure the polls are open at 6:30 a.m. for voting. Those same workers work all day without leaving until they close the polls at 7:30 p.m., verify their paperwork, and bring everything to the courthouse to be counted."


Election workers are still needed for this election and the General Election in November. If interested, call the County Clerk’s Office at 304-788-3924.