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Some WV independent voters get resistance at polls

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia elections officials are receiving scattered reports that some independent voters are being mistakenly told by poll workers that they cannot request a party ballot in the primary.

Under state law, independent voters can choose to vote in either the Democratic or Republican primary.

Steve Adams is a spokesman for the West Virginia secretary of state’s office. He says such incidents have been reported Tuesday in Mingo, Logan, and Kanawha counties. He says voters who run into resistance at the polling place should contact their county clerk or the secretary of state’s office.

Adams says there have also been some issues with new touch-screen voting machines in Jefferson and Taylor counties. The machines print out a completed ballot, but some voters pull on the printed ballot before it’s done printing, making the accompanying bar code unreadable.

In those cases, Adams says the ballots must be hand counted, creating delays in vote counting.

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