By Joselyn King, The Weirton Daily Times
WHEELING, W.Va. — New West Virginia Republican Party Chairwoman Elgine McArdle believes voters need to decide whether they are a Republican or a Democrat before they can cast a ballot in primary elections.
Presently both the Republican and Democratic parties in West Virginia allow voters with no party affiliation to request a party ballot when there are partisan primary contests. The number of non-party, or Independent, voters has been growing over the past decade, though Republicans now outnumber Democrats in the state.
The most recent registration numbers show West Virgnia with 444,318 Republicans; 382,559 Democrats; and 264,117 with no party affiliation.
McArdle hints she may propose eliminating the non-party voters’ choice for a Republican ballot in future elections…