UPDATE: BERKELEY COUNTY, W.Va. (WDVM)– Due to the coronavirus pandemic, West Virginia’s Primary Elections votes could’ve been mailed in instead of showing up at the polls. The race for the U.S. Senate Republican seat has three participants, with Shelley Moore Capito as the Incumbent, Larry Butcher and Allen Whitt. Before the results were announced, Senator Capito shared some thoughts on election night.
“I’m feeling very gratified, honored and humbled that West Virginia Republicans want to send me back to the senate,” said Capito. “To be that powerful voice to advocate for them, economic development, health care, opioid crisis, broad band all the things I’ve worked on.”
Eastern Panhandle voting polls were booked, but some residents chose to mail-in their vote instead.
“Because of this virus, I’m at a high risk so I’m not trying to catch it from other people,” said Martinsburg Resident Arturo Gales. “I didn’t want to stand in line with folks trying to vote that I don’t know who they are or where they’ve been.”
Other residents chose to attend the voting polls in worries of their ballot not being counted. Just last month, West Virginia General Attorney Patrick Morrisey announced criminal charges against a rural mail carrier in connection with the alleged manipulation of absentee voter requests, which he states they “attempted to defraud the residents of West Virginia of a fair election.”
“Just in the past, weird things have kind of happened with ballots that have been mailed in, so even Jim Justice said he was really encouraging people who are able to and not at risk to go vote in person, and I really liked that,” said Martinsburg Resident Aleke Loizos. “It’s something I agreed with him about.”
Martinsburg Resident Maurice Perry Jr. voted in-person for a different reason, he wanted generations of African-American residents to feel safe and welcomed coming to vote in person.
“You never know what kid will be riding by at least in my world that they need to see someone or people like me coming out of a voting office,” said Perry. “I go to church right there, I’m not even from here but I’m trying to do what I can to show kids there’s a certain way to do things.”
No matter the way the votes were received, Republican Shelley Moore Capito has won the unofficial results and will most likely vie against Democratic Nominee Paula Swearengin in the general election in November who currently has 43-percent of the votes.
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (WDVM)– The West Virginia Primary Elections are underway but this year’s elections are quite different. Elections were pushed back nearly a month due to the coronavirus pandemic and voters had the option to mail in their ballots instead of casting their vote in person.
In the Eastern Panhandle, voters spoke out standing in hot summer lines or why they mailed in their ballot. Watch Caroline Morse WDVM to hear the latest.
This story will be updated