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Monday, March 21, 2016

How to vote for Trump in West Virginia (it is complicated)

The West Virginia Primary begins with early voting at courthouses, beginning on April 26.

West Virginia is the only state that elects delegates and alternatives to the party conventions directly.



This means the top of the ticket is a beauty contest. The real battle for is voting down ballot on who to send to Cleveland.

The good news is delegates pledged to the various candidates are marked. The not-so good news is unpledged delegates have better name recognition.

Also, independents may vote in the Republican primary. I may flip back to independent before the primary. The deadline for registering to vote in the primary is April 19.

West Virginia does allow 17-year-olds to vote, depending on the day they were born. The Secretary of State's office declared you can vote if: "You will be 18 years old by the time of the general or special election."

I have no problem with the way West Virginia set up its presidential primary. We are unique in the nation having rebelled against the government three times: Against the Crown, against the United States, and then against the Confederacy.

Just know the rules.

Oh and the primary is on May 10.