Morgantown Residents Must Vote By Mail for Municipal Elections
Modeled after a vote-by-mail program in Oregon, Morgantown will be piloting vote-by-mail for the state of West Virginia. Morgantown’s 2011 municipal elections, where they select new city council members, will be conducted solely by voting by mail; voters must vote by mail as no polls will be open on April 26, Election Day. This pilot program is designed to hopefully increase voter turnout, which has been historically quite low. Cooperation between the City of Morgantown and the Secretary of State’s Office has made this idea possible. After the election has been concluded, a report will be provided to the Secretary of State explaining how much money was saved and if it increased voter participation.
- Deadline to register for the City Election is April 5, 2011. If you are not registered , register at Monongalia County Clerk’s Office at the County Courthouse.
- Each registered voter within the Morgantown City Limits will receive a ballot in the mail between April 8-12, 2011.
- Make your selections for City Council by marking the box next to one candidate in each City ward.
- The ballot will be sent with two return envelops. Place your ballot in the envelope labeled “ballot secrecy envelope”, this envelope should not have any return address or identifying markings.
- Place the secrey ballot envelope into the ballot return envelope. This envelope will require your signature.
- Before 8:00 pm on April 26, 2011, return the ballot inside the two envelopes by mailing (stamp required), or by dropping off at the following dropoff locations (no stamp needed):
- City Hall, 389 Spruce Street
- Wiles Hill Community Senior Center
- Mountaineer Mall, Greenbag Road (beside Social Security Office)
- Marilla Center, 799 East Brockway Avenue
- Wiles Hill Community and Senior Center, 287 Eureka Drive
Contact Linda Little, the Morgantown City Clerk, at (304) 284-7439 with any questions.
Watch a video explaining the vote-by-mail process