Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant thanked local election officials and the Elections Division of her office for their hard work leading up to Primary Election Day, saying their months of dedication resulted in a smooth Election Day.
“There are thousands of people who play a vital role in our elections process, from the poll workers and county clerks to the Elections Division of the Secretary of State’s Office,” Tennant said. “The people of West Virginia are grateful for their dedication to our democratic process, and we all saw their dedication pay off today with a smooth election.”
She added that minor issues were reported to the Secretary of State’s Office, such as precincts being improperly numbered or road construction making the trip to the precinct longer. Despite power outages at precincts in Logan and Hardy County, the voting process was never halted because the voting machines were able to switch to their battery back-up.
Secretary Tennant reminded citizens that if they feel their voting rights have been violated they can contact the Secretary of State’s Office at (304) 558-6000 or 1-866-SOS-VOTE. The Voter’s Bill of Rights is available here. She said her office investigates every allegation of election law violation, and that she will not tolerate election law violations regardless of political party or position.
Secretary Tennant also reported that West Virginia’s unofficial, or before canvassing, voter turnout was 19.7 percent with 241,020 ballots cast. Canvass begins Monday.