LOGAN, W.Va. — During their April 21 meeting, The Kiwanis Club of Logan hosted Logan County Clerk John A. Turner who provided the group with an in-depth look into the rules, requirements and intricacies of the upcoming elections.
Turner also updated the group on the progress of the digitization of his office’s myriad records and documents.
Turner explained his office has digitized the county’s deeds back to 1983.
As the May 10 primary elections approach, Turner explained his office has been preparing by conducting maintenance on the voting machines like ordering parts and replacing backup batteries.
The voting machines are currently being tested and the programming of the machines is set to start soon.
As a reminder of the safety and efficacy of the electronic voting machines, Turner explained, “There is no internet access to the [machine]. You’re asked not to pull your phone out….but noting would happen if you did.”
The paper-trail recorded by the machines also manually records voter input and Turner reports the paper-trails are checked against the machines’ electronic reports.
Turner also reported over 100 people took advantage of the state’s new online voter registration.
Early voting in Logan County is set to start April 27-May 7.
Turner noted the City of Logan will set aside several free parking spots near the courthouse to be used solely by people taking advantage of early voting.
Polls will open for the May 10 primary at 6:30 a.m. and will close at 7:30 p.m.
Taking note of an apparent demographic shift, Turner explained the number of registered democrats has fallen and the number of registered republicans has risen.
Democrats in the county now number around 19,000 and republicans around 3,000.
The largest growth, however, was in the county’s unaffiliated voter rolls which number over 4,000.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]