Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant said Tuesday night that an historic effort on the part of election officials, voters, power company crews, emergency responders, and the National Guard made the 2012 General Election a success.
“The effort put forth by those citizens has been nothing short of superhuman,” Secretary Tennant said. “One week after a hurricane, these citizens made it possible for the voters of West Virginia to go to the polls and exercise their rights as Americans. We experienced power outages, relocated polling places, snowy roads, and cold weather and none of it could keep West Virginians from casting their ballot. It truly is awe inspiring.”
County Commissioners will meet next week as Boards of Canvassers to determine whether provisional ballots will be counted.
The Secretary of State’s Office placed liaisons across West Virginia to help election officials better communicate and to respond quickly to reports of possible election law violations. Throughout Election Day, the staff of the Secretary of State’s Office was also able to help dozens of voters with questions about where their polling place was located.
The 2012 General Election brings to a close an unprecedented time in the Secretary of State’s Office. In the 910 days between the May 2010 Primary and the 2012 General, there have been seven statewide elections –that would be one election every 130 days.