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 Secretary of State Explains Poll Worker Training Requirement

10/20/2010

    Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant is reminding poll workers across the state that the training offered by her office and county clerks is the only required training they need to attend. 

    Other groups are offering what has been described as poll worker training to detect voter fraud. 

    This is not official training and poll workers are not required to attend. 

    In addition, training offered at the sessions offered by other groups does not overrule the official training required by the Secretary of State’s Office and county clerks. 

    “While we welcome cooperation among election officials, voters, and candidates to be aware of any election law violations the official training is the most important,” Secretary Tennant said. “I have full confidence in the training and implementation of our elections by our county clerks.” 

    Videos of poll worker training are available here on the Secretary of State’s Office website. These videos show how poll workers set up a polling place and administer the elections for each method of voting used in West Virginia. 

    Viewing these videos from the website is an additional opportunity to see the training, but does not give you credit for official training by the counties. 

    “We do not tolerate voter fraud in West Virginia – period,” Secretary Tennant said. “The poll workers have had very good training and they know how to spot voter fraud. And I am calling on the voters to help us keep an eye out for fraud. Anyone who sees anything they think isn’t right should contact their county clerk or my office, and they can rest assured that this office will take it very seriously and investigate it.” 

    Through its Investigative Unit, the Secretary of State’s Office has a record of thoroughly investigating each allegation and obtaining indictments through the appropriate prosecuting attorney. As with every election the office will have Secretary of State staff in every county on November 2 observing the elections and assisting counties when asked. 

    The Secretary of State’s Office has compiled a list of things voters can watch for at the polls. That list includes actions like trying to vote more than once, recording or taking pictures within the voting booth, or electioneering within 300 feet of the polling place. The extensive list can be seen here.

    The toll free number to call to report election law violations is 1-866-767-8683. 

    Voters can cast a ballot early at their county court house or annex, and in some counties at secure satellite precincts, until October 30. Times and dates for early voting can be found at the Secretary of State’s website. Election Day is November 2.

Contact:

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