The Journal (May 2, 2017) Earlier this month, we commended West Virginia county clerks and Secretary of State Mac Warner for cleaning up voter registration rolls.
Working together, his office and county officials had removed 36,635 names from the list of people eligible to vote in our state. What a difference a few weeks makes. By this week, the number was up to about 47,000. For years, few — if any — serious efforts were made to ensure voter registration lists in our state did not include the names of dead people, those who had moved or those who, perhaps because they were imprisoned on felony charges, were not eligible to vote. In a few counties, voter registration totals were higher than the number of residents 18 years old or more.