A special election is scheduled for March 6th for the Emergency Services Levy, according to County Clerk Richard Kirby.

The levy is for continued financing of ambulance and fire services, in addition to providing funding to a deputy sheriff.

Calhoun EMS Director Josh Johnson said the funding is essential for continuing emergency medical services to the county, and pays for salaries, equipment and the operation of two stations, one at Mt. Zion and the other at Minnora.

The levy also supports the county's three fire departments.

Kirby said absentee voting for the special election by mail will begin January 23, 2004 and applications will be received until February 29th, 2004.

"Absentee voting methods and early voting in person methods have changed since the last election," he said.

Early voting in person will begin February 13th, 2004, during regular business hours until Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. on March 3, 2004.

"Early voting in person can be done by anyone without any excuse. It is a means to allow voters a better opportunity to vote," said Kirby.

Absentee voting will be processed by:

The Calhoun County Clerks Office
Richard Kirby, Clerk
P.O. Box 230
Grantsville, West Virginia 26147
Phone 354-6725

If a voter desires absentee voting by mail, contact the clerk's office for an application or down load one from the Secretary of State's web site. Then complete and submit to the County Clerk.

Some reasons to vote by mail: personal or business travel, illness, injury (doctors name required), physical disability, incarceration, uniformed services member or spouse or dependent, employment, or college student.