By Jean A. Flanagan and Lon Anderson
West Virginia voters, overwhelmingly approved the Road to Prosperity Amendment to the state constitution during a special election held Saturday, Oct. 7.
While voter turnout was low, those who voted, approved the amendment by a margin of 73 percent to 27 percent.
The amendment would allow the state to sell bonds to finance road construction projects. According to Governor Jim Justice, the bonds will add $2.6 billion to state coffers.[private]
In Hardy County, unofficially, a total of 812 votes were cast. According to information from the Hardy County Clerk’s office, there are more than 8,800 registered voters in the county.
Of those who voted, 474 voted yes and 338 voted no.
Results of the election will be certified on Friday, Oct. 13 when the canvass will be conducted statewide.
Governor Jim Justice made Moorefield a stop on his multi-county, whirlwind tour of the state to promote passage of the road bond amendment, known as the Road to Prosperity Amendment.
Voters were asked to decide – yay or nay – whether to allow the state to sell bonds to finance $2.6 billion in road construction projects.
The special election was held on Saturday, Oct. 7.
Here are some points Governor Justice made while speaking to a few dozen people at the South Branch Inn in Moorefield on Tuesday, Oct. 10.
“I’m in this for one thing—to have goodness happen to West Virginia. Why else would I do this? I don’t need the money, ego or status.”
“I want us to be something else than the butt end of a bad joke.”
“We never had a Governor that understands agriculture, but I do. I probably planted 23,000 acres of row crops this year, so I know something about a cornfield.”
“Let’s be blunt. Forever we have been dead last in so many areas. Really we have a real chance now to do something about that.
“This is a humdinger of an idea!”
“If you’re more affiliated to a party than to West Virginia, then you have a problem with me.”
“A no vote will guarantee that roads won’t get fixed and will guarantee more school closures, less money to our universities and colleges.”
“If you pass this, every cent will have to go to the transportation bonds…otherwise, the government has a great way of peeing away money.”
Q: Any chance that Corridor H is going to be built in Virginia?
“That’s where I come in to play. I don’t have to have those talks with Virginia. I have to have those conversations with Donald Trump and convince him…We had a past president who, for whatever reason, didn’t much care about West Virginia. But that’s changed.”[/private]