CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant has issued a statement reminding voters statewide that electronic devices are prohibited within the voting booth.
“West Virginia voters cannot use an electronic device or cellphone in a voting booth,” said Secretary Tennant. “Photographing any part of the voting process is illegal and the Secretary of State’s Office stands with the law. I am willing to discuss changes with lawmakers, but at this point, the law is clear when it says you cannot have a device out in the voting booth.”
Signs reminding voters that no electronic recording is allowed are posted in every precinct in West Virginia. Poll administrators and workers also have been instructed to tell people not to bring a device out anytime during the voting process.
Photography while in the voting booth is addressed in West Virginia code (3-4A-23). Early voting began on Wednesday, April 27. The early voting period includes two Saturdays – April 30 and May 7 – from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Voters can cast their ballot during regular business hours at their county courthouse, courthouse annex or at a community voting location designated by the county.