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 Secretary Tennant Discusses Satellite Precincts with Kanawha County Commissioners

    Charleston, W.Va. -- Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant discussed the proposed rules for the recently passed Satellite Precinct Bill (House Bill 2464) with members of the Kanawha County Commission Thursday in Charleston.

    Commission President W. Kent Carper and Commissioner Dave Hardy along with Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick engaged in the open forum, discussing issues such as placement of the satellite precincts and how much the operations would cost.

    Carper and Hardy both vowed that Kanawha County, which is by far the largest county by population in the State of West Virginia, would be one of the first counties to offer satellite precincts for early voting.

    One issue the Commission raised was how to keep from favoring one political party over the other. But Tennant said there is language in the bill that would keep that from happening.

    "The location of any satellite precinct for early voting has to be approved by four entities," Tennant said. "Those entities are the county commission, the county clerk's office, and the chairpersons of the two political parties in the county. It is the goal of my office to make this as fair as possible. Because in the end, it's the voter who will benefit by having a more accessible location to cast their early ballot."

    The proposed rule has been filed with the Secretary of State's Administrative Law Division. The proposed rules are now up for public comment until July 20.

    To view the proposed rule, you can visit the Secretary of State's office and click on the link: http://www.wvsos.com/adlaw/proposed/153-13.pdf.

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