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The city of Elkins has announced canvassed results of the 2021 Municipal Election

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UPDATED STORY (3/8/21):

ELKINS, W.Va. Elkins officials have released updated information regarding the March 2nd Municipal Election Canvass results.

On Monday, at 11 a.m., the Elkins council will convene in public session at the Phil Gainer Community Center as the Elkins Board of Canvassers.

The canvass is a crucial step in finalizing the vote tally from an election. On election night, election officials at each polling place count the votes after the polls close, documenting the results on a sworn, attested document that is then provided to the city clerk for the purpose of announcing preliminary results.

In this year’s election, all requested absentee ballots had already been returned by election day, but this is not always the case. Records submitted by poll workers indicate that there are 31 provisional ballots.

At the canvass, the council, assisted by the city clerk, accounts for the total number of paper ballots, used and unused. Then, the council considers each provisional ballot, one by one, to determine whether it represents a valid vote.

After the canvass is concluded, the results of the election become what state code calls “declared” and all provisional and non-provisional ballots are once again placed under seal. This seal may only be broken in the event that a candidate requests a recount.

Listed below are the results as of the March 8 Canvass:

Ballot Questions Results:

QuestionsTotal YesTotal No
Adopt Mayor-Manager form of government334685
Pledge compliance with open government laws780229
Increase term of mayor from two to four years563458

Mayor Results:

CandidatesVotes
Andrew Carroll146
Jerry A. Marco719
D.C. Talkington5
Karen L. Wilmoth169

First Ward Councilor Results:

CandidatesVotes
Robert C. Chenoweth (incumbent)260
Phillips B. Kolsun62
Travis Norwood40

Second Ward Councilor Results:

CandidatesVotes
Charles F. Friddle, III (incumbent)95
Carman Pennington76

Third Ward Councilor Results:

CandidatesVotes
Clint Higgins52
Carman L. Metheny (incumbent)38

Fourth Ward Councilor Results:

CandidatesVotes
Nanci Bross-Fregonara142
Liz Marshall-MacVean96

Fifth Ward Councilor Results:

CandidatesVotes
Howard Knapp, II6
David C. Parker (incumbent)72
Burley Woods67

Candidates have 48 hours from the time the canvass adjourns to request a recount in writing to the city clerk. At the same time, they must also post a bond, usually $300, to cover the expense of the recount. (Council will be establish the bond amount for recounts in this election at the canvass meeting.) Forty-eight hours after adjournment of the canvass, council reconvenes as the canvassing board to “certify” the election results in any ward for which no recount request has been filed.

According to the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Recount Manual, after a written request for a recount has been received,” the board of canvassers has 48 hours to send notice to all candidates who filed for the office in which a recount has been demanded.” The recount “cannot be earlier than three days after notice is served on all parties.”

More information about the results can be found by heading over to the City of Elkins’ website.


ORIGINAL STORY (3/2/2021):

ELKINS, W.Va. – Officials for the City of Elkins have announced election night results for the 2021 Municipal Election.

According to officials, the ballot included voting for a mayor to be elected for a two-year term and one council member from each of the city’s five wards to be elected for four-year terms.

The ballot also included ballot questions, including one that would adopt the Manager-Mayor plan of government if approved.

The polls closed at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. City officials explained that it is important to remember that election results are not final until after canvassing on March 8 and certification on March 10.

After the counting is complete, poll workers seal the ballots inside the ballot boxes until the canvass. Election night results are reported on the basis of a signed, sworn certificate of results completed by poll workers.

According to officials, poll workers prepare three of these certificates, which are then signed by all four poll workers present at each polling place. One certificate is posted on the door of the polling place immediately after counting is complete; one is sent, under seal, to the W.Va. Secretary of State and one is opened by the city clerk on election night to report preliminary results to the public.

The 2021 election has seen higher than usual turnout during absentee and early voting, officials explained.

Listed below are the results based on the March 2 counting, after the polls closed:

Ballot Questions Results:

QuestionsTotal YesTotal No
Adopt Mayor-Manager form of government321676
Pledge compliance with open government laws764223
Increase term of mayor from two to four years555444

Mayor Results:

CandidatesVotes
Andrew Carroll139
Jerry A. Marco707
D.C. Talkington5
Karen L. Wilmoth166

First Ward Councilor Results:

CandidatesVotes
Robert C. Chenoweth (incumbent)255
Phillips B. Kolsun62
Travis Norwood38

Second Ward Councilor Results:

CandidatesVotes
Charles F. Friddle, III (incumbent)95
Carman Pennington75

Third Ward Councilor Results:

CandidatesVotes
Clint Higgins50
Carman L. Metheny (incumbent)34

Fourth Ward Councilor Results:

CandidatesVotes
Nanci Bross-Fregonara142
Liz Marshall-MacVean96

Fifth Ward Councilor Results:

CandidatesVotes
Howard Knapp, II6
David C. Parker (incumbent)68
Burley Woods66

City elections are administered by the Office of the Elkins City Clerk. All election-related inquiries and correspondence should be directed to the clerk’s office.

More information about the results can be found by heading over to the City of Elkins’ website.

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