Problems Apparent in Morgantown ElectionPROBLEMS APPARENT IN MORGANTOWN ELECTION
Stuart Says Election By Mail Problematic On Multiple Fronts
CHARLESTON, WV – For the first time in the history of West Virginia, an election is being conducted with “mail-in” ballots. Unfortunately, multiple ballots are being mailed to households, deceased and former residents are receiving ballots, and because of the requirement that each ballot be signed, the sanctity of the secret ballot is compromised. Secretary of State Natalie Tennant has indicated that the program may be rolled out statewide despite the apparent problems with the process.
“The process of allowing for an election by mail in Morgantown was ill-conceived and will result in an election for which the results are uncertain and unreliable," said Mike Stuart, Chairman of the West Virginia Republican Party. “We have literally received dozens of calls from citizens in Morgantown that are terribly concerned about the legitimacy of the election process.
“Free, fair and transparent elections are fundamental to maintaining confidence in our electoral process. Unfortunately, the process implemented in Morgantown provides neither certain fairness nor transparency,” said Stuart. “At this point, I have no faith that the process being utilized in Morgantown will lead to a fair election or result in a process for which we can be confident is free of fraud or vote manipulation.”
“Our citizens have become victims in this process,” said Stuart. “While it may be possible in the future to conduct elections through the use of the internet or even the mail, we cannot move in such a direction without first assuring that the process will lead to a legitimate result. That means more planning and preparation. The process being tested in Morgantown appears to have been advanced in a willy-nilly manner rather than with the seriousness for which our election process requires.”
“Elections and election fraud are serious business,” concluded Stuart. “The Morgantown election is now in serious question and the Secretary of State and Monongalia County Clerk need to take action to provide certainty and clarity to our citizens that the election in Morgantown will lead to a legitimate result.”
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