Elections

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Members of the House of Delegates are considering a bill to change voting requirements in West Virginia. The House Judiciary Committee discussed the bill at length Wednesday that would require voters to show a photo ID before casting a ballot.

For two hours Wednesday morning, the House Judiciary Committee discussed House Bill 4013, which would require a person in West Virginia who desires to vote to present a valid photo ID at the polls.

WVPB's New Debate Policy

Jun 3, 2015
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The governing board of West Virginia Public Broadcasting has approved a policy to determine which candidates will be included in future debates.

The policy comes after the 2014 election season, when West Virginia Public Broadcasting co-sponsored a U.S. Senate debate that invited only the Democratic and Republican candidates. WVPB later sponsored a second debate that invited all five candidates on the ballot, but the leading candidate, Republican Shelley Moore Capito, did not attend.

Secretary of State's Office

  Natalie Tennant is eyeing another term as West Virginia's secretary of state.

On Tuesday, the Democrat filed pre-candidacy paperwork to run for a third term as secretary of state.

In a crushing 2014 election for Democrats across the state and country, Tennant lost a U.S. Senate bid against Republican Shelley Moore Capito.

Voting
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State lawmakers have approved a push to remove the option for voters to cast straight party-line ballots by checking one box.

On Tuesday, the Republican-led House of Delegates voted 87-13 to prohibit the practice. Only Democrats opposed the bill.

The Senate cleared a similar proposal last month.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

It'll cost $100,000 a person for breakfast at a fundraiser for a conservative group that has boosted Republicans. That's likely one of the highest-priced - if not the highest-priced - political fundraising event ever in West Virginia.

An invitation obtained by The Associated Press says the Go West Virginia Inc. breakfast will be Tuesday in Charleston. It says donors won't be publicly disclosed.

House Passes Judges' Non-Partisan Election Bill

Feb 4, 2015

At the legislature today, there was some intense debate on the house floor as lawmakers took up two bills that are priorities for the new majority. Also at the Capitol, labor unions rally against a Senate bill repealing the state's prevailing wage. And West Virignia's craft beer makers are seeking some regulatory relief. They have the backing of Governor Tomblin, but what do lawmakers think of the industry? We'll meet the chairs of the small business committees to find out on The Legislature Today.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Senators approved a bill Tuesday that repeals straight party voting, a ballot provision that allows a voter to vote for all candidates from one party instead of considering individual races. 

Both Democratic and Republican Senators stood to speak on behalf of Senate Bill 249, some saying the elimination of straight ticket voting requires voters to consider each race rather than voting on a partisan basis. 

Religious Exemption Pulled from Vaccinations Bill

Feb 3, 2015

  At the legislature today, as a measles outbreak makes national headlines, a senate committee considered a bill to provide  religious and medical exemptions for vaccinations. But after further discussion, the religious exemption is off the table.  We’ll talk about this and other health issues with the Chairman of the House Health Committee on The Legislature Today.

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 A Benwood City Council member didn't have any opponents in this month's election. But his re-election is in doubt after his name was mistakenly left off the ballot.

Curtis Mele is one of four council members who were unopposed in the May 13 election.

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register reports that the ballot mistakenly listed Councilman Chuck Terry as the candidate in Mele's district. Mele's name didn't appear on the ballot.

House District 22
West Virginia Legislature

  After last week's primary, two Democrats are locked in a tie to advance to a November election for the state House of Delegates.

If recounts don't change the totals, a delegate appointed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin could be hand-picked again by the state's top executive.

Del. Joshua Barker and former Lincoln school board member Gary McCallister are tied in House District 22. Barker led by three, but his lead disappeared during vote canvassing.

Voting
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  West Virginia's secretary of state says voter turnout for this week's election was 19.7 percent, a 4-percent drop from a similar 2010 midterm primary.

Unofficial results show 241,020 ballots were cast this election.

About 46,800 people voted early and absentee combined, which Secretary of State Natalie Tennant's office called a midterm primary record. Still, turnout remained low.

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  About 34,000 West Virginians have voted early ahead of Tuesday's primary.

The figure released by the Secretary of State's office Friday reflects in-person and absentee ballots cast. The early voting period opened April 30 and ends Saturday.

The light turnout could reflect a relatively small number of contested races. The lone statewide race involves the U.S. Senate, where three candidates each are running in the Democratic and Republican primaries.

Mingo County, Williamson
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Mingo County voters head to the polls May 13 with a slate of positions up for grabs after a federal corruption investigation cost four office holders their jobs. The county's circuit judge, prosecutor, chief magistrate and a county commissioner resigned following their convictions over the past nine months. The Democratic primary also will choose a new sheriff one year after Eugene Crum was fatally shot.

Courtesy Photo / West Virginia Secretary of State's Office

Data gathered by The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Election Initiative is making waves Tuesday as the organization released four years of collected elections information, ranking all 50 states and the District of Columbia on their performances in the 2008, 2010 and 2012 elections.

According to their indicators, West Virginia is improving, but not as quickly as state elections leaders might hope.

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West Virginia's May 13 primary slate is official and will have several contested races on the federal level.
 
Secretary of State Natalie Tennant certified the primary election's candidates earlier this month.
 
U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall in the 3rd District is the lone incumbent in Congress facing a primary opponent.
 

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