Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

November 1, 2012

W.Va. preps for Election Day in Sandy's shadow

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Tennant also warned voters not to believe any phone calls announcing closed or relocated precincts. That's been a ploy used to suppress votes, she said. Instead, counties will post notices at precincts and also inform the media.

Early in-person voting remained available in all but three of West Virginia's 55 counties on Wednesday. One of those that suspended early voting Tuesday, Jefferson County, will extend its hours Thursday and Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Clerk Jennifer S. Maghan said.

A handful of Barbour County voters endured the bad weather and lack of power and heat at the Philippi courthouse to cast early ballots Tuesday and Wednesday, Clerk Macel Auvil said. The voting machines ran on backup batteries Tuesday, when five people voted, but the clerks switched to paper ballots Wednesday when those ran out. Those votes will be entered on machines on Election Day, Auvil said.

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Associated Press Staff Writer Vicki Smith contributed to this report from Philippi.

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