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 More Than 130 Municipalities Hold Elections June 9


    Charleston, W.Va. -- Voters in more than 130 towns and cities across West Virginia will head to the polls June 9 to choose the men and women who will serve as their municipal leaders.

    Elections are being held in almost every county, and most municipalities are using paper ballots and counting those ballots by hand.

    In the Town of Mason in Mason County, election officials are unveiling the new electronic poll books, a faster and more efficient way to keep track of who has already voted. E-poll books further help reduce the chance of voter impropriety by ensuring that people vote at the proper precinct.

    An e-poll book is a program loaded onto a laptop that is stationed at each precinct. The e-poll book has all the information normally included in a paper poll book, and will also provide directions to the proper precinct if the voter is trying to vote at the incorrect one.

    The software equipment for the e-poll books is provided by Decision Support of Charlotte, NC. The program is a free demo version.

    Staff from the Secretary of State's Elections Division will fan out across the region, observing the election process.

    "We have experienced people in our Elections Division," Secretary of State Natalie Tennant said. "We will be working with the county clerks and town recorders to ensure a fair election, and to help make sure every person who wants to vote and is registered properly has that opportunity."

    A complete list of towns and cities holding elections on June 9 is available on the Secretary of State's website. Voters can see a list that is alphabetical by municipality and by county.

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Jake Glance