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WV clerks group agrees with online registration concerns

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia County Clerks Association voiced its support for two area clerks who are not fully utilizing the state’s new online registration portal in a letter to Secretary of State Natalie Tennant.

The association sent the letter last week, according to a release, and voiced the collective concerns regarding online registration, mainly that the clerks were not consulted before the program began.

“We are glad to see that so many people are taking advantage of online voter registration and that West Virginia is using technology to encourage participation in the democratic process,” said Donald Evans, Monroe County clerk and president of the association.

“As county clerks, we hope everything with online registrations goes smoothly during early voting and on Election Day, but I have heard excellent suggestions for improving the process from many of our county clerks around the state. Had we been made a part of the process, we might have been able to incorporate these improvements before online voter registration was made available to the public.”

Tennant, however, said the system has been a success and other than the concerns from Cabell County Clerk Karen Cole and Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick, she has heard no dissent from other clerks. She also said the notion the clerks were not involved is just plain false…

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