The Times West Virginian

October 28, 2012

Election fraud not an abstract concern in W.Va.


Associated Press

CHARLESTON — West Virginia and federal officials are hoping to prevent any voting-related fraud before it happens as Election Day approaches.

As recently as 2010, investigations have revealed attempts to sway balloting in the state.

West Virginia Republicans are concerned about the fraudulent counting of votes. But federal prosecutors say that’s not been found in any of their recent criminal cases. Prosecutors are also unaware of any pending complaints.

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant is West Virginia’s elections chief. Her office will be watching the entire process on Election Day, from before the polls open until the last vote is counted.

Tennant’s office also cites state law that limits who can be in voting precincts. Officials say that should help quell an uproar arising in other states about international election observers.