TODAY is Election Day in West Virginia. Actually, thanks to early voting, the next eight days, as well as Tuesday, Nov. 6, are all election days in this state.
The clerks of all 55 counties opened for early voting, which will last until three days before Election Day and includes both Saturdays (but not Sundays) before the election.
In most cases, but not all, the polling place is the county courthouse, but voters should check with their clerk's office to make sure.
West Virginia began early voting with the 2002 Primary Election with modest results. Fewer than 15,000 votes, making up just 4 percent of the total vote, were cast early.
But early voting has gradually caught on.
The 2004 General Election produced the first significant numbers of early voters - over 126,000, making up 16 percent of the total vote.
The largest number of early voters came out in the 2008 General Election, when 153,096 - 22 percent of all votes - cast ballots before the traditional Election Day. And for the last five elections we have settled in at one in five voters going to the polls early.
Some voters like the convenience of early voting. They don't have to worry about lines at the polls or something coming up unexpectedly that could keep them from voting on Election Day.
But there is always a bit of a risk with an early vote.
What if you learn new information or a candidate makes a critical mistake? You can't take back your vote.