CHARLESTON – By now, voters just want "it" to be over.

All the ads on television and radio, the signs littering the avenues, and those smiling volunteers holding up placards and waving while drivers whiz by.

But it really is a serious business – voting. It's the one thing every adult can do to influence the laws that govern our land.

On this week's "The Law Works," host Dan Ringer and his guests will discuss how voters decide who (or what) to vote for and ways they can get the information they need to make the right choice for them.

Join the discussion on "The Law Works" at 8:30 p.m. Thursday on West Virginia PBS.

Ringer's guests this week are attorneys Elliot G. Hicks and Martin P. Sheehan.

Hicks practices law in Charleston with Spilman Thomas & Battle. He specializes in litigation and mediation. Hicks is also a former member of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, a past president of the West Virginia State Bar and a West Virginia Bar Foundation Fellow.

Sheehan is the current chairperson of the Ohio County Republican Party. He is also a partner at Sheehan & Nugent in Wheeling, focusing on bankruptcy and criminal matters. Additionally, Sheehan is an adjunct lecturer at the West Virginia University School of Law.

More information about these and other recent topics from the program is available at the "The Law Works" Web site.

Now in its 10th season, "The Law Works" is the state's only weekly television show discussing legal issues that effect the lives of every day citizens.

Ringer operates his own law practice in Morgantown. In 1999, he was named West Virginia's first Lawyer Citizen of the Year of the West Virginia Bar Foundation. He served as president of the West Virginia State Bar (1999-2000) and was named the American Bar Association's Practitioner of the Year in 2000.

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