MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Berkeley County Clerk John W. Small Jr. told county commissioners Thursday he was "strictly opposed" to opening satellite locations for early voting for elections, primarily because of the extra security, equipment and staffing needed to make it viable.
"It's going to cost the county a whole lot of money to even set up one outside location," Small said.
State lawmakers this year passed legislation that allows counties to provide additional locations for early voting, in addition to the County Clerk's office.
Any satellite location in addition to 110 W. King St. in Martinsburg would have to be requested by the county clerk 120 days before an election and approved by the county commission. The additional location proposed also would have to be agreeable to the chairpersons of the county executive committees for the Republican and Democratic parties, according to the new state code.
West Virginia voters are able to cast ballots as many as 20 days before Election Day as part of what is known as "no excuse" early voting.