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Kanawha County prepares to canvass the vote

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The 2012 general election is over for the voters, but the counting continues for county commissioners.

In Kanawha County, commissioners will meet as the Board of Canvassers on Tuesday, Nov. 13. They will comb through 1,100 provisional ballots, which will be added to the current vote totals. When they're finished, the vote will then be certified.

"We will begin the canvass at 7 a.m. and will continue until the canvass is finished, however long it takes," said Commission President Kent Carper in a press release. "We will stay until we are finished on Tuesday." 

The Kanawha County Commission will count these provisional ballots, plus any absentee ballots that arrive at the Kanawha County Clerk's office by the start of the canvass.

This year's canvass will be even more important, as at least one race is separated by only 64 votes. That is for one of the four seats in the 35th District House of Delegates. Delegates Doug Skaff and Eric Nelson won reelection, and newcomer Suzette Raines won a seat. But newcomer J.B. McCuskey is in a three-way tie with incumbents Bonnie Brown and Barbara Hatfield, respectively.

"The 35th House District Race is one race that will likely be closely watched during the Canvass of the General Election," Carper said. "The public elects four members to the 35th district and right now, before Canvass there is a 64 vote difference between the fourth and fifth candidates."

State Code states that the election can't be certified until 48 hours after the final county declares their canvassing results.