Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant said that as of Saturday evening, five precincts in four counties will have to be moved on Election Day because of problems caused by Hurricane Sandy.
County clerks are still checking the status of all of their precincts and more polling locations could be moved by the time polls open at 6:30AM Tuesday.
The list of moved precincts can be seen by visiting the Secretary of State’s website here.
“The Secretary of State’s Office and County Clerks are going to be notifying voters of the precinct changes through local media and by posting a notice on the old precinct location,” Secretary Tennant said. “There will not be any notifications made by phone call. If a voter receives a phone call informing them their precinct has changed, contact your county clerk or the Secretary of State’s Office immediately.”
Secretary Tennant met briefly Saturday morning with US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, West Virginia Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Jimmy Gianato, National Guard Adjutant General James Hoyer, and other state leaders to inform them of the status of precincts across the state.
Secretary Tennant also said her office has been in contact with County Clerks about the best voting option for members of the National Guard who were deployed on storm duty before they had a chance to vote. Deployed National Guard may make a late request for an absentee ballot – the county clerk can send them a provisional absentee ballot either by fax or by email.
However, since the ballot is provisional, it will be the decision of the Board of Canvassers whether the ballot will be counted.