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Randolph County Planning For Election Day Power Outages

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In the aftermath of the storm, it may be easy to forget Election Day is only days away, but for some Randolph County residents, Sandy may make voting more difficult.

Elkins is slowly coming back to life after most of Randolph County lost power during Hurricane Sandy. But with the election only a few days away, county officials are trying to be sure all the pieces are in place for a proper election, starting with the poll workers.

"We're calling each one to see if they're able to get out, if they think they're going to be able to get out Tuesday morning. The next plan is to go through each polling place precinct. We're going to start calling each on of them to see if they have power at their precincts," said Randolph County Clerk Brenda Wiseman.

The county commission is doing its part as well, and has been working with Mon Power to make power restoration to polling places a priority.

"They know the polling places and are working to see that as many polling places if not all of them, have power. That may be an insurmountable task when you look at the remoteness of some areas," said Randolph County Commission President Michael Taylor.

Taylor said he believes most of the polling places should be powered and ready to go for the election. But if they aren't, Wiseman said replacement locations will be set up.

"In case of emergency like this, we can move it to a precinct near to them that does have power. That may be what we have to do, but we don't want to rush things and do that yet," said Wiseman.

The Randolph County Commission will hold an emergency meeting at 6 p.m. Monday night to determine if any polling places need to be moved. Voters will be notified with a sign at their regular polling place if any changes are made.