WV Polls Now Opened, Few Problems Reported

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- A few glitches, but no major problems are being reported in West Virginia as voters flock to the polls.

Sarah C. Bailey, Spokeswoman for Secretary of State Betty Ireland, says the day is off to a good start.

Mason County Clerk Diana N. Cromley says a steady stream of voters have been arriving at the polls since 6:30 a.m., leading her to predict a large turnout for Tuesday's balloting.

She and clerks in Webster and Wood counties reported minor problems, including paper jams that were quickly fixed and isolated machines that had to be replaced.

Webster County Clerk Terry J. Payne said she and her deputies made early morning runs to 14 precincts to distribute keys to unlock the ballot boxes. All but two still opened on time.

(Copyright 2008 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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  • by Jeremy Mayle Location: South Parkersburg on Nov 4, 2008 at 05:08 PM
    Two things I found absolutely ridiculous this election day. First, three times while I was in line (and the line was only 15 people) a teenager under the required age to vote accompanied their parent to the electronic voting and on many occasions was seen pointing and talking to their parent about what we can only assume were the candidates. This is ridiculous that ANY person should accompany a single voter OR influence decisions, especially when they are probably unprepaired to make an honest decision (hence the reason the voting age is 18). This ties into the second problem I saw in my short time at the poles. Where I voted there were simply 5 or so electronic machines side-by-side with absolutely no dividers, booths or curtains. Plus not only were their no dividers on the sides but the fronts had nothing blocking you from the line waiting to vote!
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