CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The chairs of West Virginia’s major political parties believe their organizations have put in both the time and effort to be successful in Tuesday’s General Election.
“I was so disappointed two years ago when he had such a low voter turnout. We have really, really strived and worked hard,” West Virginia Democratic Party Chair Belinda Biafore said. “I think it says a lot about the candidates we’ve put on the ballot. We’ve given people a choice. We’ve made sure the ballot is full and that’s what’s important.”
The percentage of Republicans who took part in the 10-day early voting period excited West Virginia Republican Party Chair Conrad Lucas.
“We’ve seen Republican percentage of turnout overall (in early voting) as being stronger than it was in 2014 and 2012. We know that in 2014 and 2012 were both record-breaking years for Republicans in the legislative seats and turnout,” Lucas said.
Biafore predicted her party would have a strong get-out-the-vote effort Tuesday.
“We’ve been on the phones constantly. We’ve advertised rides to the polls,” Biafore said, adding the Democratic Party is telling fellow Democrats this is the most important election in years.
The Republican Party has had its ground game in place for several months, Lucas said.
“We knew we couldn’t rest after 2014 because of the importance of 2016. We’ve been in full operation now for the better portion of this year ensuring that we would have strong Republican turnout,” Lucas said.
Biafore said there’s been a lot of nastiness in various campaigns. She said she favors issue-oriented campaigns.
“I’m a big proponent of tell me what you can do for me and not what everybody else is doing against me,” Biafore said. “I want to hear people’s ideas. I want to hear from the candidates and how they can make life better. I’m not getting a lot of that this time.”
Polls open statewide at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday and close at 7:30 p.m.