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More than 15,600 high school seniors in West Virginia registered to vote during the 2018-2019 school year.

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A court hearing has been scheduled in West Virginia to determine if 57 ballots from the 2018 general election that were found two weeks ago will be counted.

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A West Virginia county's officials say 57 uncounted ballots have been found from the 2018 general election, all from one voting machine, so they're preparing to ask a judge for permission to include them.

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The West Virginia Secretary of State’s office has released information on the use of a mobile voting platform for overseas military voters.

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West Virginia is among the states where this year’s general election early and absentee voting numbers have already exceeded those from the 2014 midterms.

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A West Virginia county official says internet issues at two early voting locations created long lines at one and prevented people from voting at the other for more than a day.

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Separate constitutional measures on West Virginia's Nov. 6 ballot would allow lawmakers to restrict or ban tax-payer funded abortions and have some control over the state judiciary's budget.

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Voter registration for the upcoming November 6th General Election is now closed. The online portal will not be reopened until after the general election in November.  

All registrations that were mailed will be added to the voter rolls so long as they were postmarked on or before October 16th.


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Updated on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 at 3:55 p.m.

Today is the last day to register to vote in West Virginia’s upcoming midterm election.

The West Virginia Secretary of State's office says voters have until midnight tonight to register online to vote. And mail-in registrations must be postmarked by today, October 16.

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West Virginia election officials have approved more than $6.5 million in federal grants to make upgrades to voting equipment and security across the state.

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West Virginia's secretary of state says nearly 67,000 new voters are registered for this fall's midterm election.

Mac Warner says more than 140 voter registration drives have been held in the 18 months since he took office. He says the new registered voters include more than 22,000 high school students.

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A West Virginia county is getting new voting machines that officials say will speed up the voting process and provide better security.

West Virginia's secretary of state says more than 50,000 West Virginians have taken advantage of the early voting period this election cycle.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that as of early Friday, 50,225 ballots had been cast across West Virginia.

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The deadline to register to vote in next month's primary election in West Virginia has arrived.

Tuesday, April 17 is the last day for state residents to register if they want to vote on May 8.

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Federal prosecutors in southern West Virginia say multiple agencies are forming a unit to investigate public corruption and suspected violations of campaign and election laws.

U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart and other agencies announced Tuesday the formation of a Public Integrity Special Investigations Unit.

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Starting this year, West Virginians must show identification before they can vote in an election.

A law passed by the Legislature last year took effect Monday. For any election, voters in West Virginia have to present a valid form of ID or have another registered voter vouch for them under oath.

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Last Month, more than a thousand West Virginia high school students registered to vote. Secretary of State Mac Warner says he hopes to see even more eligible young voters sign up to vote in November. 

Thirteen high schools across West Virginia conducted voter registration drives in the month of October. Secretary of State Mac Warner said these drives show the, “level of commitment school administrators have for the civic engagement of our youngest voters."

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The West Virginia secretary of state is asking more than 130,000 voters to update their address.

Media outlets report that the request from Secretary of State Mac Warner's office will come in the form of postcards in the next few days.

West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner says his office will assess any request it receives for information on the state's voter rolls but is limited by law in what it can provide. Warner, a Republican, said in a statement that his office had not received a request as of Friday afternoon from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Warner said West Virginians' privacy was of "paramount importance" and that his office would abide by state law.

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West Virginia has narrowed the restriction on political signs and other electioneering to 100 feet of a voting side.

The change has been approved by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Jim Justice.

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A House Judiciary Subcommittee reconsidered a bill Thursday that barely made it through the legislative process on the final night of the 2016 session.

That bill required West Virginians to bring some form of identification with them when they go to cast a ballot at their polling place. It also set up an automatic voter registration process between the Secretary of the State’s office and the Division of Motor Vehicles.

Delegates initially intended to gut parts of that law altogether this year, but have since worked on a compromise.

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Unofficial numbers from the secretary of state's office show voter turnout in West Virginia was higher than the previous general election but didn't eclipse the 2008 race.

Figures released Wednesday show 728,248 voters, or 57.2 percent, participated in Tuesday's election. That's up from about 55 percent in the 2012 general election and down from about 60.8 percent in 2008.

Editor's Note: The previous story reported an incorrect total of seats gained by the West Virginia Republican Party in the state Senate. This story has been updated with correct totals.

Heading into Tuesday night, state Republican Party leaders were confident they could maintain their majorities in both the state House of Delegates and Senate. Their predictions were correct with the GOP's number increasing in the Senate by four.

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Federal law says all polling places must be accessible by wheelchair. But advocates in West Virginia say there is an ongoing concern that not all the polling places in the state comply with this requirement.

The federal Americans with Disabilities Act states that all polling places must include at least one wheelchair accessible voting machine and an accessible route to and from the precinct. This route must be the same route that all voters take not an alternate route, for instance, in the back of a building.

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In the first day of early voting, the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office says 24, 251 people have cast their ballots at polling places across the state.

Early voting began Wednesday and lasts through Saturday November 5. Polling sites will be open Saturday, October 29, as well.

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When Allison Mullins, a freshman at Marshall University, tried to change her voter registration to Cabell County, she went online to fill out the form. But shortly after, she received a letter in the mail from the Cabell County Clerk's office asking her to mail in a paper registration form instead. Mullins said the lack of an online registration option in her county is not only inconvenient, but also misleading to those who registered online to vote in Cabell County.

 

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West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant is reminding voters that they will no longer be able to check one box to vote party-line down the ballot.

A secretary of state news release says lawmakers eliminated straight-ticket voting in the 2015 legislative session. Voters now will have to select every candidate individually if they want to vote for all candidates from one political party.

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Eleven West Virginia high schools have been recognized for student voter registration.

Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant's office announced the Jennings Randolph Award to the schools for the 2015-2016 academic year. The award recognizes 100 percent registration of voting-eligible students.

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West Virginia’s Secretary of State has made it very clear, West Virginia voters cannot take photos while in the voting booth. In fact, Secretary Natalie Tennant says you can’t take your phone into the voting booth at all. But some people don’t think state code is clear on the matter. 

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If you want to share your voting experience on social media, you'll have to find some way other than taking a photo in the voting booth. West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant says it's forbidden.

Tennant said in a news release Friday that it's illegal to photograph any part of the voting process, and no electronic devices or cellphones are allowed in the voting booth.

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