A mistake on the initial ballot published within the last couple of weeks has confused some voters about the Morgan County School Board race.
The initial ballot, published in the Morgan Messenger on April 20, 2022, directed voters to vote for “not more than two” candidates, when in fact this year there are three openings and voters can vote for three candidates, not two.
The ballot has since been corrected and the corrected ballot appeared in the May 4 issue of the Messenger and will appear in voting booths on Tuesday May 10 — election day.
There are currently five members of the Morgan County School Board — Aaron Close, Pete Gordon, Laura Smith, Eric Lyda and John Rowland.
The three seats up for grabs on Tuesday are the seats held by Laura Smith, Aaron Close and Eric Lyda. Eric Lyda is not running for re-election. Pete Gordon and John Rowland are up in 2024.
The school board candidates on the ballot Tuesday are Laura Smith, Aaron Close, Justin Litten and Jonathan Slifer. Voters will elect three out of four. Voters can vote for up to three of those candidates on the ballot.
The other hotly contested races are all on the Republican ticket and most independents will likely be taking the Republican ballot when they enter the voting booth to have an impact on the pivotal races.
In a race being watched nationally, Congressman David McKinley is running against Congressman Alex Mooney for the newly redistricted second Congressional district.
Morgan County Commissioner Bill Clark is facing off against G.W. Easton for the Morgan County Commission seat.
And in the House of Delegates race, Delegate Ken Reed is up against Delegate George Miller in the new District 90.
Morgan County USA will be reporting live from the Morgan County Courthouse in Berkeley Springs on election night May 10. For updates check in at morgancountyusa.org beginning at about 8 pm.