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Some concerned about selection of poll workers

April 21, 2007

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Some members of the Jefferson County Commission on Thursday expressed concern about how poll workers are being selected for the upcoming June 9 referendum on casino table games for Charles Town Races & Slots.

Commissioner Dale Manuel said the Democratic party in the county selects two poll workers for each precinct, and the Republicans also pick two poll workers for each polling place.

Jefferson County Clerk Jennifer Maghan presented the commission with a list of names of poll workers who would be available to work on election day.

But it could not be determined from the list who would be "supply clerks" to the individual polls, Manuel said.

Commissioner Greg Corliss complained during Thursday's commission meeting that there appears to be a "hidden agenda" on the selection of supply clerks.

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Manuel said the commission ended up approving the list of poll workers, but it still was unclear who the supply clerks were.

Maghan said later Thursday that the commission was given a list of poll workers and their job titles. The commission should be able to "read down the list" and get an idea of who is working in the election, Maghan said.

"Everything is in order," Maghan said.

- Dave McMillion

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