- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Supreme Court swiftly rejected a lawsuit filed against the county clerks of Kanawha and Cabell counties over their refusal to accept online voter registrations from the Secretary of State’s office.

Cabell County Clerk Karen Cole received an official statement Tuesday afternoon from the high court saying the petition filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia had been rejected, she told The Herald-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1Uz9cZO).

The lawsuit had been filed earlier that day against Cole and Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick, who have been mailing papers out to online registrants to complete before they would accept the registration.

Cole and McCormick were uncomfortable with the security provisions in West Virginia’s voter registration website, they said.

The petition argued Cole and Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick denied thousands of would-be voters equal protection of the law since they are the only two counties in West Virginia that are not accepting online registration.

It is unclear why the court turned down the lawsuit.

“I am grateful that the Supreme Court made the decision that they did so now we can move forward and finish the election process and be prepared for May 10,” Cole said.

Everyone in Kanawha County who registered online has been registered to vote in next week’s primary, even if people did not send a card back with a signature, McCormick told the Charleston Gazette-Mail (https://bit.ly/1T1WDH9 ). It was not immediately clear if the same was the case in Cabell County.

“We didn’t do anything wrong,” McCormick said. “We did our job. We took an extra step there to protect our records and we’re happy that we did.”

The deadline for voter registration was April 19.


Information from: The Herald-Dispatch, https://www.herald-dispatch.com

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