By DAVE McMILLION
Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A state investigator is probing allegations of irregularities in the November general election in Berkeley County, including the possibility that ballot books had been tempered with, the Berkeley County Commissioners said Thursday.
The name of Perry Smith, a write-in candidate for Berkeley County Sheriff, was written on some ballot books that voters used to select candidates while in the voting booths, said Commissioner Wayne Dunham.
Smith's name did not appear on the list of candidates because he was a write-in candidate, Dunham said. Voters who wanted to vote for Smith had to write Smith's name on an envelope into which voters slipped their ballots after voting, officials said.