Early voting looks to exceed 2012 election

NEW CUMBERLAND–Early voting in Hancock County is on pace to exceed the numbers from the 2012 presidential election, county commissioners learned on Thursday.

As of 1 p.m. Thursday, 1,731 registered voters had voted early–an average of 200 a day, said Hancock County Clerk George Foley. The number of early voters in 2012 was 1,959, he said.

Early voting started on Oct. 26 and continues through Saturday. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Polls on Election Day are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Hancock County has 24,573 registered voters, according to the West Virginia Secretary of State.

Also Thursday, commissioners:

* Agreed to advertise for a part-time dispatcher at the 911 Dispatch Center.

* Agreed to re-advertise an opening on the Public Defender Corporation Board for the First Judicial Circuit.

* Approved the September animal shelter report.