Wooden County Clerk largely opposes proposed legislative election adjustments

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) – Wooden County’s clerk is skeptical a few invoice launched Tuesday making adjustments in West Virginia’s elections course of.

The invoice contains increasing mail-in absentee voting to all registered voters, extending the early voting interval an extra week, and requiring drop bins for voters eager to drop off reasonably than mail ballots.

For a number of years, early voting in West Virginia has been held within the 10 days previous to the election. The invoice launched Tuesday would prolong that to 18. Neighboring Ohio opens early voting almost a month earlier than primaries and elections.

Wooden County’s fee pushed for drop bins for the 2020 November election, however there was no regulation requiring them in West Virginia.

Wooden County Clerk Mark Rhodes says, if adjustments happen, particularly involving absentee ballots, consolidation of voter precincts must also be thought-about.

”Allow us to use what we did within the main with digital ballot books,” Rhodes says, “and have a bigger precinct location, with much less precincts. If not, we’re going to have precincts which have 30 voters come means of in a day’s time, if all people’s going to absentee poll.”

Precincts in Wooden County for the 2020 main, delayed from Might to June, have been trimmed to 5 from the conventional 69.

Proposed adjustments additionally embody permitting till election day for absentee ballots to be turned in. That deadline is now the day earlier than the election.

Additionally proposed: transferring again every week the date of the post-election canvass.

The invoice, launched a gaggle of Home Democrats, is modeled after adjustments introduced on final 12 months through the pandemic.

Rhodes agrees the adjustments have been obligatory for the 2020 election, however, total, West Virginia’s election legal guidelines nonetheless work the best way they’re presently written and administered.

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