Nov. 9 isn't just the date of a special election for an excess levy for Kanawha County's school and library systems.
It's also the day WVU's football team plays the Texas Longhorns in Morgantown. Marshall faces off against the University of Alabama-Birmingham Blazers in Huntington. The state Soccer Tournament runs all day in Beckley. And it's the first day of a long, three-day weekend that includes Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11.
It's clear that that's a busy day for people in Charleston. What's still unclear is what that means for the elections, and the fate of the excess levy.
"I think that's one of the challenges, is getting people out to vote," said school board member Robin Rector, who is supporting the levy. "We just have to be really vocal to people to remind them."
School board President Pete Thaw, who is actively campaigning against the levy's passage, believes the busy day of the special election is designed to work in the levy's favor: He believes it will lead to low voter turnout, and that low voter turnout will be favorable to those lobbying for the tax's passage.
"They don't want to take a representative vote, they can't take a representative vote -- it's all rigged to make it difficult," Thaw said.
"If they could have Mardi Gras that day they'd have it."