CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — Senate Bill 565 is based on what West Virginia county clerks experienced this past election.
“The clerks want more time between the end of early voting and election day,” said West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner.
And the bill does just that. It moves up the deadline for in-person early voting to six days ahead of an election.
“So now it starts on a Saturday and it ends on a Wednesday, and then the clerks have Thursday, Friday, Saturday to get those poll books ready. It is a rational, reasonable response to what the clerks ask us to,” said Warner.
But the change is raising concerns among Democrat legislators who fear the changes will keep voters away from the polls.
“The numbers of people who voted those last two days that weekend, they were extremely high. So that is the reason I voted against it,” said Senator…