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Charleston, W.Va. – Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant has worked closely with Morgan County officials and is announcing early voting will be suspended in Morgan County for Tuesday, October 30.
Tennant said the situation in Morgan County is too dangerous for people to risk their safety. The suspension is only for Tuesday, October 30 and only affects voters in Morgan County.
The decision came after Secretary Tennant sent a message to County Clerks regarding Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s state of emergency declaration and its impact on early voting.
This is a message Secretary Tennant sent to County Clerks on October 29:
Dear Clerks & Commissioners,
The Governor's State of Emergency has raised some questions about early voting. Here is clarification on how it applies to elections.
• Governor Tomblin’s Declaration did NOT cancel or suspend early voting nor did it shut down government.
• However, the Declaration does trigger the Secretary of State’s authority, under WV Code §3-1A-6(e)(1), “to ensure all voters have an opportunity cast a valid ballot and to uphold the integrity of an election”.
• An order from a county commission closing a courthouse due to weather does NOT suspend early voting.
• The Secretary of State is consulting with clerks in any impacted county to determine if prudence and wisdom, and the safety of election workers, call for the early voting to be suspended in any particular county. This is done on a county-by-county basis since weather conditions and other reasons suggesting suspension vary from county to county.
• Clerks are requested to notify the Secretary, in writing, of any conditions that suggest that early voting should be temporarily suspended in their county.