West Virginia voting issues

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Election and registration information

  • Polling Hours are 6:30 am - 7:30 pm for all elections

Voting Machines used November, 2008 in West Virginia

WEST VIRGINIA uses the following voting machines in addition to hand-counted paper ballots in some counties. For a county-by-county list of the specific machines (and the source for this section) see Verified Voting's Verifier tool.

Main article: Voting machines

Direct-Recording Electronic (DRE) machines with a paper trail:

Optical scan machines:

Assistive Devices for Marking Paper Ballots

Governmental election authorities

Secretary of State Betty Ireland

Contact Information:

  • Elections
  • Secretary of State
  • Bldg. 1, Suite 157-K
  • 1900 Kanawha Blvd. East
  • Charleston, WV 25305-0770
  • Phone: (304) 558-6000 Toll-Free (866) SOS-VOTE Election Fraud Hotline (877) FRAUD-WV
  • FAX: Elections (304) 558-8386

Election threats

  • October 18, 2008. Early voters are reporting that machines in Putnam and Jackson Counties are switching votes from Democrat to Republican. From the Charleston Gazette:[1]

    "I pushed buttons and they all came up Republican," she said. "I hit Obama and it switched to McCain. I am really concerned about that. If McCain wins, there was something wrong with the machines.

    "I asked them for a printout of my votes," Ketchum said. "But they said it was in the machine and I could not get it. I did not feel right when I left the courthouse. My son felt the same way.

  • October 14, 2008. A programming glitch is forcing election officials in Kanawha and 18 other counties to retest their optical scanning voting machines on the eve of the general election in October 2008. This could affect early voting. "The problem is this is the day before the election starts," he said. "This does not instill confidence in the voting system."[2]
  • For an extensive log of voting machine problems, see the VotersUnite! report on election incidents.[3]

State and local non-governmental election organizations

League of Women Voters

LWV of West Virginia, Ms. Kathleen S. Stoltz, President

  • 25 Lynwood Drive
  • Vienna, WV 26105
  • Phone: 304-898-6308
  • Fax: 304-899-6501
  • E-mail: ksstoltz@suddenlink.net
  • http://www.lwvwv.org

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