Tennant Urges Citizens To Watch For Election Law Violations
Charleston, W.Va. – Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant, the state’s chief elections officer, is reminding citizens around West Virginia they can file elections complaints with her office.
All the information that is submitted is confidential.
“I don’t tolerate any violation of the state election laws,” Tennant said. “We here in the Secretary of State’s Office take very seriously our statutory duty to look into complaints and to conduct investigations. As a matter of fact, we haven’t even had a statewide election yet that this administration has overseen and we’ve already worked with prosecutors to obtain criminal charges against people who have allegedly violated the election law. That’s how seriously we take our job and we will continue to do that.”
State code prohibits disclosing any fact about an investigation – including the fact that an investigation may or may not be underway.
Once a complaint is filed, the Secretary of State will determine if the office has jurisdiction. Possible outcomes of an investigation include dismissal of a complaint if no violation of law is found, instruction or training for officials found to have committed or allowed technical mistakes to occur during an election, or referral to the local prosecuting attorney for possible criminal charges.
The Secretary of State’s Office has no prosecutorial or arrest powers.
In Person No Excuse Absentee Voting concludes in West Virginia on May 8. Polls are open on Election Day – May 11 – from 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM.