Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant is urging citizens to cast their ballot on Election Day if they haven’t already voted during the early voting period, and to report immediately to her office possible violations of election law.
“While we cannot publicly discuss the details of individual election law violation investigations, I can assure the citizens of West Virginia that we look into every single allegation that comes in to this office,” Secretary Tennant said. “I do not tolerate people trying to chip away at the foundation of our democracy, our election process. It doesn’t matter what political party you belong to, where in West Virginia you are, or what office you may hold. If you break the law and try to manipulate our election process we will come after you.”
Secretary Tennant said her office has investigated more allegations of election law violation and has more convictions on election fraud charges than any other Secretary of State. The Secretary of State’s Office conducted an 18-month investigation into election law violations in Lincoln County in 2010, resulting in the conviction and federal prison sentences of three elected officials.
If a citizen believes they have witnessed an election law violation, they can contact the Secretary of State’s Office at (304) 558-6000 or 1-866-SOS-VOTE.
Secretary Tennant also said that her office is sending out dozens of liaisons across the state on Election Day. These liaisons will be able to assist local election workers and will improve communication between state and local officials on Election Day. These liaisons will also be able to respond quickly to reports of election law violations to be able to quickly evaluate any issues. This is the same comprehensive statewide plan used by the Secretary of State’s Office in the last seven statewide elections dating back to the 2010 Primary.
Polls open at 6:30AM on Tuesday, May 13 and close at 7:30PM.
“The right to vote is the foundation of our democracy, and I urge all citizens to make their voice heard on Election Day by casting their ballot,” Secretary Tennant said.
West Virginia voters can view the “Voter’s Bill of Rights” on the Secretary of State’s Office website. Some of these rights include being able to vote as long as you are in line by 7:30PM, having the right to skip races on your ballot, having the right to request assistance if you are a person with a disability, and having the right to cast your ballot in a non-disruptive atmosphere.