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 Secretary of State: Comprehensive Plan In Place To Fight Election Fraud

11/1/2010

    Charleston, W.Va. – Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant is standing with county clerks across West Virginia to fight election fraud. Secretary Tennant said her office will have representatives in counties across West Virginia on Election Day – the same comprehensive plan that was used during the May primary and the August special primary. 

    The representatives will be on scene answering questions and serving as liaisons between precincts, county clerks, and the Secretary of State’s Office. 

    Secretary Tennant also said complaints of election law violation should come to her office or another proper law enforcement agency. She said citizens should not be distracted by other groups that are asking them to take their complaints of election law violation elsewhere. 

    “Those other groups – who are trying to chip away at confidence in our elections and the foundation of our democracy – do not have the authority or resources to enforce election law in the State of West Virginia,” Tennant said. 

    State code says the Secretary of State is the chief elections officer in West Virginia and has exclusive authority over the administration of elections and has investigative authority over all conduct that does not involve potential federal criminal acts. 

    “The people of West Virginia can have full confidence in this election,” Secretary Tennant said. “My office will have eyes and ears in precincts across the state. And I am looking forward to working closely with county clerks to ensure a fair, open, and honest election. And I encourage anyone who thinks they have witnessed an election law violation to contact my office as quickly as possible.” 

    Election complaint forms can be found on the Secretary of State’s website at www.wvsos.com. An election law violation complaint must be signed and notarized. 

    “Not only will we have representatives across the state, we will be here at the State Capitol throughout Election Day,” Secretary Tennant said. “If someone calls our office with a possible election law violation, they will be able to talk to someone immediately. Citizens who have concerns should call this office because it is our duty to investigate election law violations – and we will always do our duty.” 

    To report a possible election law violation, citizens can contact the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office on Election Day at (304) 558-6000 or toll free at (866) 767-8683. All information given to the Secretary of State’s Office is confidential. 

    Secretary Tennant will also host several webcasts throughout Election Day. The webcasts will allow people from across West Virginia to see what is happening in the office of the chief elections officer on Election Day – even if they cannot come to Charleston. To see the Election Day webcasts, citizens can click on a link that will appear at the top of the Secretary of State’s website at www.wvsos.com.

    Citizens can also see the Voter's Bill of Rights and a list of possible election law violations.

Contact:

Jake Glance
(304) 558-6000
jglance@wvsos.com