MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- A five-hour review Friday of more than 200 regular, provisional and absentee ballots cast in Berkeley County's primary election affirmed the validity of unofficial results announced Tuesday night, officials said.
The Berkeley County Commission, convened as the county's Board of Canvassers, also allowed a number of provisional ballots and seven late-arriving absentee paper ballots to be added to the unofficial tallies after reviewing results from three randomly selected voting precincts.
The additional votes are not expected to affect unofficial results that gave practically every winning candidate an insurmountable lead.
The votes selected for review were from precincts 6, 14 and 44-H, said Bonnie Woodfall, voters registration supervising deputy clerk. Precincts 6 and 14 are in the City of Martinsburg, and 44-H was a temporary voting district created to exclude Town of Hedgesville residents from receiving ballots with zoning-related questions on them.
Martinsburg residents also could not vote on the zoning or transferable-development rights ordinance questions on Tuesday's primary ballot.