Election Day is now five days away. The interest in this election, both locally and nationally, has been overwhelming. For the first time in my 41 years, we are seeing competitive races on a local level in the general election in Mingo County.

Early voting numbers are up. Just a cursory review of the long lines reveals the same. If my estimates are correct, nearly 1,200 people have voted in the county. That is somewhere between 20 percent and 25 percent of total voter turnout in a given year. Personally, it excites me to see such an interest in local politics.

Also, according to the WV Metro News, thousands of West Virginians have voted by mail for the first time this year and many of them have now done so twice in the last four months. Because of COVID, the normally restrictive absenteeism ballot provisions have been broadened. Many West Virginians exercised their right to vote by mail both in June and for November.

According to the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office, approximately 225,000 residents voted mail-in absentee for the June election and more than 150,000 voters had requested absentee ballots thus far for the November election.

In other news, for those persons who travel or live on WV Rt. 49 between Matewan and Williamson, I have been in contact with the DOH the last several months.

While I am hesitant to give an approximate timeline, I am told the DOH is making repairs and upgrades to that road through some special funding it received. The DOH says all three slips will be repaired, along with the cutting of the overhead tree canopy in the area.

Also, some paving has been or will be completed to make travel safer. Some drain repair issues at Hatfield Bottom and right before the Rawl Post office have been addressed. Lastly, the plan is to do some substantial paving once this work is completed. The plan is to have the work completed by the end of year.

I have always tried to be transparent and count it an honor to represent the 20th District. As your Delegate, I have worked hard and always taken your ideas seriously. I look forward to updating my constituents periodically and providing the most transparent information possible.

Please feel free to contact me directly at Nathan@ferrellandbrown.com or by phone at, (304) 340-3126, or, (304) 235-5674. My door is always open and please stay safe.

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