The upcoming 2020 election will have a full slate of candidates from president of the United States to positions on the local school board.

According to Mingo County Clerk Judy Harvey, the filing period for anyone seeking office runs from Monday, Jan. 13, to Saturday, Jan. 25. People wishing to file must come to the clerk’s office in person during the regular business hours of the courthouse.

“Because Jan. 25 is on a Saturday, we will be opened three hours that day from 9 a.m. to noon,” Harvey said.

Local races that will be listed on the ballot, according to Harvey, include all three magistrate positions, sheriff, assessor and one county commission seat.

“There will be a race for the unexpired term of the county clerk. There are two years left on Big Jim’s (former County Clerk Jim Hatfield) term after he resigned,” Harvey said. “Also, there will be one or two school board seats up for election.”

According to the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office, the state ballot will include races for United States Senator, U.S. House of Representatives, governor, secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, commissioner of agriculture attorney general, justice of the Supreme Court, state senators and state House of Delegates.

The West Virginia primary election will be held on Tuesday, May 12. Harvey said early voting will begin April 29 and extend through May 9. People wishing to file an absentee ballot may request those from the clerk’s office. Absentee ballots will be sent out beginning March 27 and will be accepted back until May 6.

Harvey also said the people who are not currently registered to vote can still register until April 21.

During the election, voters in Mingo County will use the new Express Vote voting machine recently purchased by the Mingo County Commission.

“The new machines are easy to use and I don’t think voters will have any problems with them,” said Deputy Clerk Angie Browning. “It is an easy process, lots easier. I think election night will go much smoother and quicker with these new machines.”

Browning said the machines allow a two prong counting system by tabulating results mechanically and by storing paper ballots.

“Even though the paper ballots are stored in the machine, people do not have to worry about privacy,” Browning said. “Votes cannot be traced back to a specific person.”

Harvey agreed with Browning that the new system will improve the voting process in Mingo County and will also save the county money by decreasing the amount of paper being used. She said Logan County used the Express Vote machines during its last election without any problems.

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