MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Campaigning too close to polling locations and lines at the polls were some of the minor issues reported around Monongalia County Tuesday morning for West Virginia’s Primary Election.
According to Monongalia County Clerk Carye Blaney, there were several reports of campaigners at several precincts not adhering to the 300-foot rule, which prohibits campaigning within 300 feet of a polling location.
“Once we identified the problem and I made a couple of phone calls, we’ve gotten everything back on the right track,” Blaney stated.
Otherwise, the biggest complaint was that voters had to wait in line. Reports of heavy turnout around Monongalia County meant there were lines of eight or nine people waiting to use a voting machine. Blaney quipped that her staff has done such a great job of streamlining the process any wait feels like an eternity for the voters.
“I would caution voters to give themselves a little extra time when they go out and vote today because it may take a little time to get to a machine.”
Nearly ten percent of registered voters in West Virginia already voted prior to today, either by absentee ballot or during the 10-day early voting period.
Polls are open until 7:30 this evening.