Mercer Co. Courthouse

PRINCETON — More than 70 people arrived Tuesday at the Mercer County Courthouse to register in time for the November presidential election.

“We have been very busy today. As of 3:30 p.m. today, we have had well over 70 walk-ins to include new registrations absentee ballot deliveries and party changes,” County Clerk Verlin T. Moye said Tuesday.

Tuesday was the last day to register to vote in time for the November election. Local voters are continuing to order absentee ballots.

“Please visit our newly designed web-pagewww. Absentee Ballot applications by mail can be requested up until Oct. 28. You can either mail the completed ballot as soon as you complete it or you can hand-deliver them to the Mercer County Clerk’s Office,” Moye said.

“To date, we have mailed out 2,581 absentee ballots and have received about 1,500 back,” Moye stated. “The calls requesting applications and online requests are increasing considerably, day by day. In comparison, in the 2016 General Election, we netted a total of 532 absentee ballots.”

Moye said during Tuesday’s meeting of the Mercer County Commission that he expected a big turnout during early voting and on Election Day.

“I feel that we are going to have a record turnout for this election and I want to remind our in-person voters that there are certain laws, rules and regulations, governing our precincts.” he said. “I feel that it is appropriate to list some friendly reminders: No person may do any electioneering on election day within any polling place, or within 100 feet of the outside entrance to the building housing the polling place.”

Officials will be watching for disruptions at the polling places.

“Disorder in any manner at the polls is strictly prohibited. Photographs or video taken inside a polling-place is prohibited. Polling places are a politically neutral zone and should be respected as such,” Moye said. “As per the governor’s mandate, masks are to be worn inside the voting precincts at all times and we will be practicing social distancing.”

Early voting begins on Oct. 21 and continues for 10 days.

“We have four early voting locations,” Moye said.

The early voting polls include the Mercer County Courthouse, the Sims Wellness Center on Stadium Drive in Bluefield, Four Seasons Answering Service in Bluewell and the Covenant Baptist Church on Wyndale Drive in Princeton.

Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline. com

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