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PARKERSBURG – People will go to the polls today to cast their ballots for the 2024 West Virginia primary election. Polls will open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. at voting locations for the county’s 69 voting precincts.
“We’re looking forward to (today),” Wood County Clerk Joe Gonzales said. “The voters will go out and choose their candidates.”
This is the election of the candidates who will represent the various political parties in the races for the presidency, the House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as a number of state and local races to determine who will be the candidates for the general elections in November. The equipment has been delivered and will be set up by the polling stations this morning. Gonzales said there are already a few poll workers who say they can’t make it, so there are alternates ready to fill in where needed. They also have people ready to go this morning if needed.
“There are people ready to call and take them to the police station” Gonzales said. As of Monday, they had 307 poll workers. Early voting has been going on for a few weeks at the Judge Black Annex and this past week at community locations at the Williamstown City Building, the Vienna Community Building, the Mineral Wells Volunteer Fire Department and the Lubeck Volunteer Fire Department.
“I thought it went very smoothly,” Gonzales said about early voting. “We had no issues at any of the community sites or the Judge Black Annex.”
There were 5,033 people who participated in early voting, he said, compared to the 5,006 voters who did so in 2022.
‘There were about the same number of early voters’ Gonzales said. “It was pretty even across the board.”
Of those, 3,620 were Republican, 1,325 were Democrat, 88 were non-partisan and zero were for the Mountain Party. Last Saturday, the last day of early voting, 697 people voted at all locations, including 503 Republicans, 179 Democrats, 15 nonpartisan voters and zero Mountain Party voters, Gonzales said. If people in Wood County have a question about where to go to vote, they can call the Wood County Clerk’s Office at 304-424-1860.
Brett Dunlap can be reached at [email protected]

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