Message from the editor: housekeeping, Special Election Edition Newsletter, and voter registration deadline

By Matthew Young, RealWV

First, let me get through a bit of a thank you…

Stephen and I share the belief that a well-informed electorate is the cornerstone of a healthy democracy, and that is why we strive to provide our readers with the most accurate and unbiased information possible. Doing that, however, is not always easy, as even the most impartial reporters have opinions about the matters that impact our lives. But our opinions are not fact, and they’re certainly not news, so we do our best not to report them as either.

We are simply a conduit for information, and the least important part of any news report that we publish. Sure, we’ll sometimes present you with feature stories and editorials where our opinions and personalities – and my unfortunate sense of humor – will come out. But the news is the news whether we like it or not. We don’t play around with that. 

We take the responsibility of what we do very seriously, and we value and respect the trust you have put in us to tell you what’s happening in your community, and in your state. And the only way I know to thank you is for us to continue telling your stories, and continue to show the world what The Real West Virginia is all about. 

Okay, now on to business…

The RealWV will be releasing, via email, our Special Election Edition Newsletter on Friday, May 10, at 10 a.m. This will be in addition to our normal Saturday Weekly Recap email, and quite a bit larger. If you already receive our weekly email, you will automatically receive the Special Election Edition. If you are not currently receiving our weekly email, you can sign up on the homepage of our website, at There is no cost for signing up, and we won’t sell your email address or inundate you with junk. 

The Special Election Edition will contain profiles of and interviews with local and statewide candidates, coverage of debates and forums, reporting on town halls, campaign finance and fundraising reporting, endorsement information, and much more. We have leveraged Stephen’s years of experience in government with my years of experience in journalism to provide our readers with the most comprehensive package of election information possible. Our readers deserve nothing less. 

In the weeks to come, we will continue to provide you with candidate interviews and campaign coverage. Primary Election Day is May 14. If you’re not registered to vote, register RIGHT NOW because today (April 23) is the deadline. Here’s the link: If you have any questions, or if you’re not sure if you’re registered, call your County Clerk’s office. They can help you get squared away. 

If you want to vote for a Democrat, wonderful. If you want to vote for a Republican, excellent. If you want to vote for an independent, stupendous. Find the candidate who best jives with your ideals and sensibilities, and vote for that person, whoever they are. 

But if you don’t vote, don’t complain later. 

Remember: voter registration deadline is today, Special Edition Election Newsletter comes out Friday, May 10, and Primary Election Day is Tuesday, May 14. 


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