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Lincoln voter rolls prepped for next election

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At the Lincoln County Clerk's office, election clerk Kristy Scraggs has the numbers of voters and their stages at the tips of her fingers.

"As of around noon today, we have 11,249 active, 7,261 inactive and 2,216 cancelled," she said Oct. 16, the last day for West Virginians to register to vote.

Scraggs said there were between 20 and 30 cards for new registrants, but that was it, and she said she's pleased with the progress the county has made in cleaning up its old voter rolls.

"We have lots of people who have came in and even from the primary (election), thanked the office for stuff like maybe their birthday was not correct in the computer, maybe they were registered under their maiden name, and things they said they asked for and finally it's happening," Scraggs said.

She said she came to the office in 2011, and when some new staff members attended training from the West Virginia secretary of state's office, that got the ball rolling for better practices within the office.

She said the bright light that exposed voter fraud and inflated voter rolls in the county during the past year helped turn the tide.

Myrl Gue was appointed to the position of county clerk this spring after former clerk, Donald Whitten, resigned. Whitten was sentenced to 18 months in prison for lying to a secretary of state investigator and denying that he provided absentee ballots to former Lincoln County Sheriff Jerry Bowman, who was sentenced to one year and one day in prison for conspiring to stuff the ballot box while running for circuit clerk.

"I can tell you, it's really too much for one person to stay on top of all of it," Scraggs said. "The Commission started to understand and got us some help."

Scraggs said counties can usually catch up between elections, but in West Virginia, the past few years haven't provided a lot of down time because of the special election for the U.S. Senate seat that became vacant with the June 2010 death of Sen. Robert C. Byrd and then last year's special election for governor after Joe Manchin was elected to the Senate.