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Poca Considering Changing Its Election Process

Reported: Mar. 25, 2014 12:57 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 25, 2014 4:10 PM EDT
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POCA, W.Va. (Chris Williams) -- Putnam County commissioners were briefed Tuesday morning on a change that could be coming to the way people in Poca are going to vote.

Right now, people in Poca vote once for their federal officials, and then have to go back to the polls the next year to vote for city officials. Poca city leaders are on their third reading of the proposed ordinance. If they approve it, it will go to the Putnam County Commission. If the commission accepts the change, federal and city officials are going to be on one ballot.

“I believe it will also affect voter turnout because more people come out to vote for federal, county and state elections than they do for municipal elections, typically. What this does is it will allow a bigger portion of the community to have their voice heard with these,” Putnam County Clerk Brian Wood said.



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