Passage of the Good Roads Amendment

The Charleston Gazette
November 3, 1920

Amendment is Given Big Vote

Belief Yesterday That Good Roads Issue Carried by Majority Estimated at 115,000.

Instead of the 40,000 majority given it by early estimates, the good roads amendment carried by a margin of 115,000 votes, it was evident yesterday from unofficial returns received at state road commission headquarters.

Returns were tabulated by heads of the five divisions into which the state is divided by the road commission. Estimates of the majority accorded the amendment in each division have been forwarded to headquarters in this city as follows:

First division, 17,000 majority.
Second division, 50,000 majority.
Third division, 11,000 majority.
Fourth division, 28,000 majority.
Fifth division, 9,000 majority.

To give an approximate key to the above table, the counties in each of the divisions are listed as follows:

First division - Boone, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Raleigh and Summers.

Second division - Cabell, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, mercer, Mingo, McDowell, Putnam, Wayne and Wyoming.

Third division - Brooke, Hancock, Jackson, Marshall, Ohio, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wetzel, Wirt and Wood.

Fourth division - Barbour, Braxton, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Taylor, Upshur and Webster.

Fifth division - Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan, Pendleton, Randolph and Tucker.

The status of Kanawha county, where the heaviest fight against the amendment was waged, is still uncertain, meagre returns indicate. From less than a dozen precincts reporting in Charleston proper, it apparently lost the city.