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
Secretary of State Betty Ireland
- Elections website: http://www.wvsos.com/elections/main.htm
- 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
- 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:
"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."
- For an extensive log of voting machine problems, see the VotersUnite! report on election incidents.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Articles and resources
- The main page on election protection and reform organizations.
- All articles in the Election Protection Wiki project.
- For election day: Things citizens can do to monitor elections and If you are told you cannot vote.
- ↑ "More W.Va. voters say machines are switching votes," Charleston Gazette, October 18, 2008.
- ↑ "Programming glitch affects ballots statewide," Charlston Gazette, October 14, 2008.
- ↑ See the VotersUnite! Election Problem Log.
- GoVote.org locates your polling place and other voting information.
- Google map polling locations locates most polling location, may be missing or out of date.
Election Protection hotlines
- 866-OUR-VOTE (National Election Protection Hotline)
- 888-VE-Y-VOTA (Español)
- 800-966-5946 (AALDEF, Asian languages)
- 866-MYVOTE1 (Tom Joyner Hotline - VoterAction, NAACP National Voter Fund)
- 877-523-2792 (ACLU Voting Rights Project Hotline)
- 877-US4-OBAMA (Obama campaign Voter Hotline)
- 866-976-VOTE (McCain campaign Honest and Open Election hotline - leave a message)
- 877-GOCNN08 (CNN Voter Problem Tipline)
- 888-VOTE-TIP (VelvetRevolution Election Protection Hotline for fraud)
- 567-258-VOTE (Twitter Vote Report key in report or leave audio message)
- ACLU's "Know Your Voting Rights - State by State" -- printable brochures summarizing your voting rights, for most states.
- One-page know your rights summaries for 27 states from the AFL-CIO.
- Click here to see the voter ID requirements in all states. From the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Election officials, election reform groups, and elected officials
- Why Tuesday? offers a page for West Virginia that helps locate West Virginia's elections officials, election reform groups, and elected officials, as well as a page titled Find a group in your area that lets you find similar information for other states.
- Click here to request an absentee ballot. Go Vote Absentee is a project of the Women Donors Network.
- Information for voters with disabilities from NDRN.
Student voting rights
- See West Virginia Student Voting Rights for a guide to student voting rights in West Virginia. See Student Voting Rights for a guide to other states. From the Brennan Center for Justice.
- See how organizations you trust recommend you vote on ballot measures and other statewide contests at TransparentDemocracy.
- Help in other languages from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. 中文, 日本語, 한국어, Tagalog, Tiếng Việt, Español
- Verified Voting's West Virginia page, which provides detailed information on voting equipment in use in every county in West Virginia.
- Election Law @ Moritz's West Virginia page, which provides detailed information on election law developments in West Virginia. See map page to see the information for election developments in any given state.
- Election Law @ Moritz's West Virginia general information page, which provides information on West Virginia election authorities, post-election processes, and other topics. See map page to see this information for any given state.
Voter Protection Laws in A Nutshell