Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant, the state’s chief election officer, said a comprehensive plan is in place to assist election officials and citizens to report potential election law violations.
West Virginians will go to the polls in a special gubernatorial primary on Saturday, May 14 – but more than 43,000 people have already cast their ballot during the early voting period, which ended Wednesday.
Tennant said her office will be deploying representatives across the state to observe, assist, and answer questions. The Secretary of State representatives will be moving from precinct to precinct, answering questions and assisting poll workers with issues that might arise. They will also act as a liaison between the Elections Division and election officials in the precincts and county courthouses, making communication quicker and easier. The Secretary of State’s Office will also have stringers in all 55 counties reporting cumulative election results back to the office. Those results will be posted on the Secretary of State’s website at www.wvsos.com.
“That plan ensures that if an election official has a question they need answered quickly, there is a process to get them in touch with us here in Charleston,” Secretary Tennant said. “It works the other way as well – if the Elections Division staff has to get a message out, it can be done quickly and efficiently. This comprehensive plan has worked very well for us in the past and I am confident it will serve us well again.”
During a press conference Thursday at the State Capitol, Tennant stressed that if people see what they believe might be a violation of election law they should contact her office immediately. Elections Division staff will be in the office beginning at 5:00 AM on May 14 to answer calls from voters and election officials.
Possible election law violations can be reported to the Secretary of State by calling (304) 558-6000 or toll free 1-866-767-8683.
Tennant also said her office will be hosting live webcasts throughout the day to show people what is happening inside the Secretary of State’s Office and update people on the statewide situation. Citizens can watch those webcasts by going to the Secretary of State’s website at www.wvsos.com and clicking on the “SOS Live” icon.