DUNBAR, W.Va. -- Dunbar officials hope turnout in today's general election will be better than the dismal figures reported in the primaries.
Of the town's 5,445 registered voters, only 591 cast ballots in the May primary. That's about 11 percent.
The turnout likely suffered because the primaries were held on Easter Weekend, officials have said.
City Clerk Ross Harrison told council members at Monday's regular meeting that 258 people participated in early voting. He hoped that was a good sign that turnout would improve.
Fourth Ward Councilman Everett Sullivan jokingly warned residents, "If you don't vote, you don't have any reason to gripe."
In the race for mayor, Democrat Terry Greenlee will face Republican Michael Hall. Incumbent Mayor Jack Yeager, a Democrat, has decided not to seek reelection.
Harrison, a Republican, faces Democrat Connie Fulknier in the race for city clerk.
Dunbar is divided into four wards with two council members representing each one.
Democrats Pam Reynolds and incumbent R.J. "Rick" Fields and Republican Steve Arnott are running in the First Ward race.