Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Election ; Guard against Bungles

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Election ; Guard against Bungles

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The state Supreme Court says Erik Wells can't run as an independent against incumbent Republican Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick because Wells is a registered Democrat. Case closed. Already, officials in some other counties around West Virginia are removing candidates who filed as independents while registered with political parties. However, the concern that prompted Wells to try to run in the first place still exists: the primary election botch that sent hundreds of Kanawha voters to the wrong precincts.

After the May 10 primary, this newspaper discovered that bungles by McCormick's office and redistricting legislators put perhaps 600 or 700 Kanawha voters in improper polling places. Hundreds of Malden residents should have driven to Rand to vote for state senator, but records directed them elsewhere. Delegate districts 35 and 36 suffered similar tangles.

Former Delegate Danny Wells, D-Kanawha, who narrowly lost in District 36, protested: "You can't have a straight election if you don't know where people should be voting. …

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