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Barbour officials deal with precinct questions

November 5, 2012
By Melissa Toothman - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

Barbour County officials dealt with questions about polling precincts without power on Sunday.

Five Barbour voting precincts were still without power as of Sunday, said Max Grove, chairman of the Barbour County Republican executive committee.

A number of county officials gathered for an emergency meeting Sunday to discuss their options.

Grove said four of the five powerless precincts can operate with a generator. However, Philip Barbour High School is too large to be properly powered by a generator.

Voting at PBHS will be done through the use of a tent installed in the parking lot by the National Guard. This way, the precinct does not need to be moved off site or merged with another, Grove said. The tent can be heated and hooked up to a generator for electronic voting.

The precincts without power Sunday were Junior Elementary School, the Barbour County Fairgrounds, Philip Barbour High School, Union Community Center and the Arden Clemtown Community Center.

The recent storm left many voters and poll workers stranded in areas of the county blocked by fallen trees. During a briefing at the Office of Emergency Management last week multiple officials expressed concern about getting voters and poll workers to the precincts.

"What we're going to do is we need to call all of our poll workers that we have scheduled to make sure that they're able to get out on election day," Grove said. "We will be contacting them to make sure that there's no problem."

In other Barbour County election news, a Belington man has thrown his hat into the ring to represent Barbour County in the West Virginia Legislature.

Butch Hoppe filed Friday with the West Virginia Secretary of State's office to run as an official write-in candidate for the House of Delegates.

John Rose, the Republican nominee for Tuesday's election, died Tuesday in a weather-related accident.

If Rose would be elected, the Barbour County Republican Executive Committee can submit three names to the governor to select the Barbour County representative.



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