FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – The Fayette County Clerk’s Office and County Commissioners have begun canvassing the primary election.
The canvass began at 9 a.m. Monday, June 15, at the Fayette County Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building. Elected officials are checking over 400 ballots, including absentee ballots that came in after the election.
“We are going through the provisional process that came in. If there were no signatures, we have to challenge them. This where we determined what’s being counted and what’s not,” said County Fayette County Clerk Alicia Treadway.
Some things they are checking for are wrong addresses and people who aren’t registered in the county. Once the Board of Canvassers decides which provisional and absentee ballots can be counted, the votes are added to the original returns.
“The Democrat races that were close can change, anything is possible, and we’re doing everything by the books. We want to make sure that every vote is counted properly,” said Treadway.
They must also hand-count two precincts to make sure they are accurate. Counties are also required to select 3% of their precincts to hand count randomly. Since Fayette County has 37 precincts, it is necessary to give a count of two precincts.
“This step is really important, due to the fact that we want to make every vote count and doing it properly and effectively,” said Treadway.
After the completion of the canvass, candidates will have 48 hours to request a recount.