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Power outages, damage force changes for some WV voting precincts

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Some West Virginia voters will notice changes at nearly a dozen precincts across the state on election day.

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant announced Nov. 5 changes to the polling places in Lewis, Preston, Randolph, Tucker and Upshur counties - the areas hit the hardest by blizzard-like conditions. "We have been working closely with the county clerk's offices, with offices of emergency services, with folks in the county and especially the National Guard. They have worked hand in hand with us, when we are talking about electricity or power that might be out at a precinct," said Tennant.@

Polls open for the general election at 6:30 a.m., and they will close at 7:30 p.m. Many areas of the Mountain State are still feeling the effects of Superstorm Sandy, which brought high winds, heavy rain and several inches of snow to the state last week.

In Tucker County, voters may have to use a heated tent as a precinct location in one part of the county. Secretary Tennant described the enclosure during a news conference on Monday afternoon. "This is a DRASH (Deployable Rapid Assembly Shelter) that the National Guard can obviously put up for us. You can see it, that it is enclosed," said Tennant.

All voter information, including the temporary voting locations in those county's precincts, can be found at www.wvsos.com.