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ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia postal carrier pleaded guilty Thursday to altering mail-in requests for absentee voter ballots.

A sign on the door of the polling place at Morgantown High School on Nov. 6, 2018, in the South Park neighborhood of Morgantown, W.Va.
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Days after the governor issued a stay home order on March 23, Secretary of State Mac Warner announced his office was opening absentee voting to all of the state’s roughly 1.2 million registered voters. 

Since then, nearly 18 percent of those registered so far, or 214,852 people, have requested an absentee ballot from their county clerks. 


Members of the Joint Judiciary Committees voted Monday to recommend a bill to their respective chambers, allowing voters with certain physical disabilities to cast absentee ballots electronically.  

West Virginia Secretary of State-elect Mac Warner says about one-third of the current office's staff will be let go after he takes office this month.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Warner notified outgoing Secretary of State Natalie Tennant in a letter Tuesday that 16 current staff members are on the termination list.

Congressman Ken Hechler paid to bring hundreds of miners and the widows of the Farmington miners to protest at the nation’s capitol.
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Longtime West Virginia Congressman, Secretary of State, and World War II veteran, Ken Hechler has died at the age of 102. He was known nationwide for his work in improving coal mine health and safety, among many other accomplishments.

The Secretary of State’s office is among the six Constitutional Offices on the election ballot next month.

The race for Secretary of State is more crowded this election cycle than in years past. There are three candidates running for the office-- Libertarian John Buckley, Republican Mac Warner and Democratic incumbent Natalie Tennant.


Time is running out for West Virginians to register to vote in the Nov. 8 general election.

Tuesday is the deadline to register. Residents can apply to register to vote online, at a county clerk's office or by mail.

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West Virginia Delegate Patsy Trecost is challenging Secretary of State Natalie Tennant in a Democratic primary.

The Harrison County lawmaker announced his bid for secretary of state Tuesday.

Trecost was elected to his first term as a delegate in 2014. He was previously the mayor and a city council member in Clarksburg.


Candidates for this year's elections have begun filing in West Virginia.

Monday marked the first day in which candidates could file.

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Former Republican Delegate Suzette Raines is being fined $100 a day over four missing campaign finance reports.

A lawsuit filed by the West Virginia secretary of state's office says the fines, which started Aug. 28, totaled $8,500 Nov. 20.

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Former West Virginia Secretary of State and U.S. Rep. Ken Hechler says his health is improving and he hopes that he will soon be released from the hospital.

Ken Hechler's wife, Carol Hechler, said the 101-year-old was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday because he was experiencing some internal bleeding and had a seizure. He was eventually transferred to another hospital in Maryland.


The first woman to hold a statewide office in West Virginia, Helen Holt, passed away Sunday at the age of 101. Holt died of heart failure in Boca Raton, Florida.

Among her many accomplishments, Holt may be best known for being the first female Secretary of State in West Virginia, appointed to the office by Gov. Cecil Underwood in 1957 after the passing of Secretary D. Pitt O’Brien.

At the time, Holt was serving in the West Virginia House of Delegates, filling the seat of her late husband, Rush Holt, Sr., who had passed. Rush Holt had also served a term in the United States Senate representing West Virginia. 

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  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.


  This election, West Virginia Republicans made historic gains and the state's voters set a low mark.

A paltry 37.3 percent of registered voters cast ballots for Tuesday's election. The secretary of state's website says the turnout is the lowest for a regular general election since at least 1950.

For the first midterm election since its introduction here in 2002, early voting dropped this year.

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The Secretary of State's Office has scrubbed plans to charge fees to obtain public filings for businesses and organizations.

The Charleston Gazette reports the change scheduled to begin Sept. 4 was rescinded by Secretary of State Natalie Tennant's office Thursday.


 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.


  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.


  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.

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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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West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant filed her candidacy papers for U.S. Senate today.

Tennant filed to run for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller.

In a statement her campaign chairman, retired Major Gen. Allen Tackett said "Natalie always puts people above politics, and she knows West Virginia because she is West Virginia.”

According to the release Tennant grew up the youngest of seven children on her family farm. She worked her way through college at West Virginia University, where she was the Mountaineer mascot.


The holiday season is often thought of as a time for giving, but state officials want West Virginians to be cautious as they choose who to donate to this year.

To protect yourself and your family from scams, the West Virginia Secretary of State's Office is urging you to ask questions of solicitors calling your home, research each organization before you decide to give and report any charity you believe may be fraudulent.

The office advises using the "BEWARE" method as warning signs for potentially fraudulent charities: