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 Tennant: Voting And Football Are American Traditions


    Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant, the state’s chief elections officer, said today that she wanted to remind everyone in the state to make sure they are registered and know where to vote in the upcoming special gubernatorial election.
    What better way to reach every voter in the state than during the annual Friends of Coal Bowl, the football clash between Marshall and West Virginia?
    “It seems like everyone you talk to is interested in this game,” Tennant said. “And that’s great. This game showcases our state on national television. And it’s going to be a great game. But people also need to remember there is an election coming up that affects everyone in the state.”
    Tennant’s office began running radio advertisements this week during the weekly radio shows of Marshall Coach Doc Holliday and WVU Coach Dana Holgorsen. The spots will also air during the pregame and postgame shows on both team’s statewide network. The spots remind people that coaches have to make difficult decisions on game day and voters have to make one too.
    “This isn’t an all-out blitz media campaign. But as people are relaxing and listening to the coaches talk about the game plan, or when they are tailgating during the pregame, or driving home during the postgame, they’ll hear me reminding them to make sure they are registered and know where they vote. Voting and football are American traditions, and I hope people are as excited about voting as they are about seeing Marshall and West Virginia run out onto the field Sunday.”
    The ads will run until early October, just days before the October 4 special election.

    The deadline to register to vote in the special gubernatorial general election is September 13. 

    Early voting for the 2011 special gubernatorial general election begins on September 21. Voters can cast their ballot early at their courthouse or courthouse annex during regular business hours. 

    Early voting will also be available on Saturday, September 24 and October 1. October 1 is also the final day of early voting.

    Voting will be available at precincts around the state on October 4, 2011 from 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM.

    More information about the 2011 Special Gubernatorial Election can be found here.


Jake Glance
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