CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner says he has heard mainly pushback from local clerks on the proposal to hold a special election on July 24 dedicated to a variety of constitutional amendments.
As many as a half dozen amendments are under consideration in the final two days of the regular legislative session including a pair on term limits and one on property taxes.
Warner said on Thursday’s MetroNews ‘Talkline’ that he is receiving mixed feelings from county clerks on the plausibility of an election in three months.
“It is certainly possible. Clerks have proven they can do heroic things. But is it fair or right to? Is it a practical application, I am not sure. I have been getting a fair number of calls and pushback from clerks about this,” he said.
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According to Warner, there could be a $4 million cost to the state if a special election was held in July. He said that would not be the case if the amendments were included in a primary election in 2022.
Warner said questions surrounding a summer election date with this turnaround include how the state would come up with 9,000 poll workers when people already have paid vacations and how school locations used as precincts would open up.
“There are a lot of ramifications to administering a fair election as opposed to just picking a date,” Warner said.