CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Voters all across the state cast their early ballots Wednesday, the first day to do so leading up the November general election.

Stephanie Abramowitz of Charleston was in line at Kanawha County voter registration before the doors opened at 8 a.m. She said she feels strongly about the candidates in this election.

“I’m ready to change some of the leadership in West Virginia and the federal government,” she said. “I’m very, very excited to vote!”

So was Carolyn Stricklen of Dunbar.

“I wanted to make a statement that this election is important. I felt like being out here early, get it over with and make that statement,” she said.

One of the most high-profile races here in West Virginia is for U.S. Senate. Supporters of Republican Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito boarded her campaign bus around 7:30 a.m. and rode to voter registration in Kanawha County to cast their ballots.

Capito was pleased to see people lined up outside waiting their turn to vote.

“I think it just shows the intensity and enthusiasm that many people have for this election,” Capito said.

A couple hours later, supporters of Democrat Secretary of State Natalie Tennant gathered outside the Charleston Town Center Mall to march the two blocks together to voter registration.

“This is where West Virginians have the opportunity to decide their future, what they want in a U.S. Senator and they do it at the ballot box with their vote,” said Tennant.

Early voting runs through Nov. 1, with the exception of Sunday, Oct. 26. Counties are offering extended hours to allow as many people as possible to early vote. For times and places, contact your county clerk’s office for details.

Election day polls open Nov. 4 at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. MetroNews will have full election night coverage starting at 7 p.m.

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  • the flying dutchman

    in an unrelated news story....and endless line of hearses were seen dropping off caskets at the kanahwa court house.

  • fed up

    Someone needs to come up with a switch for your TV that once you early vote, you can turn off those endless campaign commercials!

  • David

    Can someone initiate a legal action against Tennant for her illegal campaigning activities ?

  • David

    This just gives the democrats more time to steal the elections.
    There is incident after incident of democrats all over the country commenting voter fraud but you rarely hear anything about it from the leftist media.

  • joeybiden

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    WV Sec’y of State, Dem Sen. Candidate May Have Violated Own Election Law Stumping at Registration Office
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    By: Samuel Speciale (Charleston [W.Va.] Daily Mail)

    The state’s chief election officer may have violated state election laws when she brought a group of supporters to the Kanawha County Voters Registration office today.

    On Wednesday, the first day for early voting in West Virginia, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, who is running for U.S. Senate, led a group of supporters down Court Street to cast their ballots and proceeded to stump on the building’s front steps.

    As group members passed Charleston Town Center and neared Voters Registration, they carried signs and chanted “N-A-T-A-L-I-E, we’re gonna vote for Natalie.” When they crossed the street, Tennant climbed the building steps, stood in front of the door leading to the polls and initiated a group round of applause, after which she said, “Thank you for being the strength for me, the strength of this campaign and most importantly the strength of West Virginia.”

    State election law prohibits any electioneering on the property of the county courthouse, any annex facilities or any other designated early voting locations.

    Also, the Secretary of State’s official guide for absentee and early voting states that electioneering is not allowed on the property of the county courthouse, judicial annex or any community voting location during the entire period of early voting.

    A Kanawha County election official confirmed that state law prohibits any campaign activity on the premises when voters are inside casting ballots.

    • dunce

      Honestly, is there a dumber candidate than Natalie Tennant? I would say her IQ is around 80. She was a dunce when I went to school with her at wvu and she's still a dunce. Anybody with an ounce of common sense knows its against the law to do what she did. She can make excuses all she wants, but she made an idiotic error.

      • agree...

        NT truly is a buffoon... I also find it ironic that her hubby campaigns with the slogan "You can't build WV up by tearing West Virginians down" while his wife's campaign has been negated to sleazy attack ads worthy of old Nicky Joe's low brow style. Hopefully the welfare crowd can't deliver all 49% of their brethren to the polls and finally WV will start to right the ship.

      • Wirerowe

        Natalie Tenant is setting records that will never be broken. Number two the taxpayers will not pay for the reprinting of the ballots my office will. The first is yesterday campaigning on the steps of the voters registration office,

    • Sammy

      In her comment to WCHS-TV, defending her actions, all she could do was blame her violation of election laws on Shelley M. Capito. Shelley didn't break the law, Natalie did. SHE JUST LOST MY VOTE.

      • joeybiden

        You said "she just lost my vote". Why in the world would you have even considered voting for this liberal politician?

      • smackdabwv

        Natalie Tenant is done! All she can do is point fingers! She has broken her own law as SOS! Very disappointed in her response!

  • Aaron

    As we used to say in Lincoln County, vote early and vote often.

    Even at that, I don't know if there's enough dead votes in Southern WV to elect NT.

  • Pickle Barrel

    Tennant, the state's chief election officer, may have violated election laws with her little stunt today by electioneering within 300 feet of a polling place. Take a look at the video in the Daily Mail story…she's 3 FEET from the door!

    I recall the days when we had a female Secretary of State in Betty Ireland who could actually do her job without screwing it up.

    • Guardian

      "I recall the days when we had a female Secretary of State in Betty Ireland who could actually do her job without screwing it up."

      Amen, Pickle Barrel, Amen. Betty was pure class and one of our better politicians.

  • Tim C

    Now all the dead people can finally vote!

  • Staying Home

    What a waste of time. Anyone that votes is a fool. These clowns will say anything at election time but once in screw you over. This is the biggest scum in history. Go vote sheep then complain in a month.

  • CaptainQ

    The sad part about early voting is, it doesn't make one immune from all those idiotic TV campaign ads, even stupider campaign junk mail and those super annoying campaign phone calls!

    • Monty Burns

      Could not agree more. + 10!