MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The candidate filing period is officially open state-wide until Saturday, January 27 at midnight.

On WAJR’s “Talk of the Town,” Monongalia County Clerk Carye Blaney said they have lanes prepared for candidates and the process has been smooth. Blaney said for the last day of filing on Saturday, their office will be open from 9 a.m. until noon.

“They can come in person, pay their filing fees, and register for the contest they wish to run for, and the candidate filing period ends Saturday, January 27,” Blaney said.

Even if you don’t plan to run for office, this is an important day for the kickoff of the primary election season. Registered voters can check and make adjustments to their voter information online, or first-time voters can also register at Go-Vote-WV-DOT-COM.

“Check to make sure that you are registered at the correct address so you are getting the correct precinct information based on your residence address,” Blaney said.

Blaney said they are solidifying polling locations while ensuring each location can safely accommodate the expected steady stream for the May 14 primary election day. Typically, the county operates 26 voting locations, but that is subject to change every election.

“Make sure we’re in compliance with all the disability rights and handicapped accessibility regulations,” Blaney said. “We’re going to finish that this spring and try to nail down where our precincts are going to be.”

Statewide, more than 8,000 poll workers are needed to properly manage the process. Blaney said they normally need 185 volunteers for election day who have to be trained and are compensated between $100 and $300 for their efforts.

“We’re always looking for poll workers and people who are willing to work,” Blaney said. “It is a long day; you’re working from 5:30 in the morning until 7:30 at night.”

Monongalia County is the third largest in the state and is known for an efficient election process. Blaney credits her team with knowing and following the law, not just on election day but for months of preparation leading up to the day polls open.

“We pride ourselves that we do not make people wait in line, and if they do have a wait, it’s very minimal,” Blaney said. “We can process them through; the voters can come in, exercise their right to vote, and get on with their day.”