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Election 2017

Quick Facts

    • Election Day is Tuesday, June 6, 2017 and polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    • Early voting will being May 16, 2017 and will conclude June 1, 2017 at City Hall
    • For this election only, elected at-large representatives will serve a two-year term and elected district representatives will serve a four-year term beginning August 2017
    • Candidates for office must be at least 18 years of age on Election Day, a U.S. citizen, and a registered voter residing in the city limits as of election day
    • The Board of Directors presently meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 9:00 a.m. and noon with special meetings called as needed
    • The mayor and directors receive a monthly stipend of $200
    • The new Board of Directors will appoint a mayor from their membership within ten days of the election

Filing for Office

The filing period will begin on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.  Candidates may pick up a filing packet in the City Clerk's Office at City Hall - 200 Rogers Street Bluefield, WV 24701.  Forms may be downloaded and filled out, but will require in-person filing with the clerk.  Forms must be completed to be a candidate for office and a $120 filing fee is payable when nomination papers are filed with the City Clerk's Office.  The filing period will close on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

Forms:

Should a candidate wish to withdraw, a Notice of Withdrawal Form must be signed, notarized, and filed with the City Clerk's Office by April 10, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.  The candidate will forfeit the filing fee of $120.  If a form is not signed, notarized, and file by the deadline, the candidate will remain on the official ballot.

    Campaign Finance Reporting

    Campaign reporting requirements exist for all municipal candidates.  Once an individual files a Certificate of Announcement Form, the person is officially a candidate.  Candidates should decide when starting a campaign who will be responsible for handling all campaign financial transactions.  Candidates may, and often, serve as their own financial agent.  If a treasurer is not appointed, a candidate must serve as the financial agent.  The financial agent must receive all contributions, make all expenditures, and fill out all required reports and forms.  Please note these important points:

      • Contributions over $50 must be made by check, money order, or credit card; cash over $50 may not be accepted
      • Single or combined contributions of $250 or more require the name, address, employer, and occupation of the contributor be listed in the financial report
      • Remember, every cent or item of value must be reported and must include the name of the contributor, the date of the contribution, and the amount, no matter how small.  This includes non-monetary contributions or in-kind contributions.

    For additional questions or concerns, please contact the City Clerk's Office at 304.327.2401 ext. 2407.

     

    Campaign Signage

    Signs promoting candidacy, or announcing support for political candidates, political measures, citizen initiatives, excess levies, and like measures should follow the City of Bluefield Code of Ordinances 44-301Signs may not be placed in public until April 12, 2017.  The surface area of signs may not exceed 24x24 inches on any one side.  It is unlawful for any person to maintain or keep any such sign in, on, or over a public street right-of-way except as provided in Section 44-298(b) of the code.  Signs may not be placed on public property.  Signs may not be placed on private property without expressed permission from the property owner.  Municipal employees may not advertise for candidates.  Signs must be removed ten days after the election.  For questions on signs, please call the Code Enforcement Office at 304.327.2401 ext. 2451.

     

    Registering to Vote, Voting Absentee, and Early Voting

    You may register to vote at anytime. However, to be eligible to vote in a specific election, you must register 21 days before that election. For the 2017 Bluefield Municipal Election, you must be registered by May 16, 2017.  Voter registration forms are available from the Mercer County Clerk's office located in the Mercer County Court House at 1501 Main Street, Suite 121, Princeton, West Virginia.  Other locations to register include DMV offices, public assistance offices, military recruiting offices, and agencies who serve people with disabilities.  The same process can be used to update your registration for items such as new address, name change, or change of party affiliation.

    You are eligible to register to vote in West Virginia if you are:

      • A citizen of the United States
      • A resident of West Virginia and the county where you register
      • To vote in a Bluefield city election you must be a resident in the city limits
      • At least 17 years old at the time of registration and 18 years old before the election
      • Not currently under conviction for a felony, including probation or parole, or a court ruling of mental incompetence

    To Vote Absentee:

      • download and complete an Absentee Ballot Application 
      • application must be received by the City Clerk's Office at 200 Rogers Street Bluefield, WV 24701 no later than Friday, May 26, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.
      • information will be verified by the Mercer County Clerk's Office

    Early voting will take place at City Hall from May 16 until June 1.  Weekday voting will be open from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Weekend voting will be open Saturday, May 20 and Saturday, May 27 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Visit the West Virginia Secretary of State website for more voter registration information.

     

    Where and When Do I Vote

    Voters should vote at their specific polling place, according to their residential address.  If you go to the wrong polling place, you will be directed to your correct polling place, as ballots may vary from one precinct to another.  Polling locations are listed below.  Please note that for the 2017 Bluefield Municipal Election some polling locations have changed.  For specific questions, please contact the City Clerk's Office at 304.327.2401 ext. 2407 or email cityclerk@cityofbluefield.com.

    Early Voting
    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    May 16 - June 1
    City Hall
    200 Rogers Street

    Saturday Voting
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    May 20 and May 27
    City Hall
    200 Rogers Street

    District I
    Precincts: 14, 15, and 20
    Mt. Zion Pentecostal Church
    104 Park Street

    District II
    Precincts: 27 and 36
    Fire Station #3
    3500 East Cumberland Road

    District III
    Precincts: 28, 31, and 32
    Westminster Church
    2005 Washington Street

     

    2017 Election Calendar

    Date

    Event

    March 3

    Absentee voter by mail applications available online here or in the City Clerk's Office

    March 16

    Filing period for candidacy begins

    April 4

    Filing period for candidacy ends

    April 10

    Last day for candidate to withdrawn name from ballot

    April 11

    Candidates draw for ballot placement -  9:00 a.m. at City Hall

    April 24

    Absentee voting by mail with proper application begins

    May 16

    Early voting begins at City Hall (Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

    May 16

    Last day for voter registration

    May 20

    Early voting day at City Hall (Saturday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)

    May 27

    Early voting day at City Hall (Saturday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)

    May 30

    Last day for absentee voting by mail (votes must be received by 4:30 p.m.)

    June 1

    Early voting ends at 4:30 p.m.

    June 4

    Sample ballot to run in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph

    June 6

    Election Day (Mayor appointment must be completed within ten days of election)

    June 13

    Canvass of votes - 9:00 a.m. at City Hall

    June 15

    Board of canvassers convenes to certify results of election pending recount request

    August 1

    Newly elected Board of Directors begins term