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by DAVE McMILLION | April 11, 2006
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The new touch-screen voting machines available this year to voters in Jefferson and Berkeley counties have arrived and voting officials are gearing up for the primary election that's less than one month away, voting officials said Monday. Voters in Berkeley and Jefferson counties can either use the touch-screen machines or a paper ballot to select candidates. Voting officials in the two counties said they are ironing out final details as they get ready to implement the new machines.
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by TARA REILLY | December 3, 2003
The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday checked out the new touch screen election system that voters in the county's 45 voting precincts will use to cast ballots in the spring. The commissioners, who huddled around the electronic machine during a meeting, took turns voting for various famous names and voter referendums displayed on the sample ballot. In an actual election, voters will be given cards to insert into the machine, which will bring up the ballot on the screen.
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By WANDA T. WILLIAMS | October 17, 2004
wandaw@herald-mail.com TrueVoteMD, an election integrity group opposing the state's electronic touch-screen voting machines, is fighting the state's decision to not grant poll-watching credentials to group members for the Nov. 2 election. "Electronic voting machines are vulnerable to human error and tampering," said Linda Schade, co-founder of the Tacoma Park, Md.-based group of approximately 3,000 members. "We're hoping to educate voters and document the problems that people have.
NEWS
BY DON AINES | May 13, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. Voters going to the polls for Tuesday's primary will fill out their paper ballots the same way they have for the last 18 years, but the way the votes are tabulated will be different, and election officials are expressing confidence in the new equipment. "There was nothing wrong with the equipment we had. In fact, it functioned well for many years," County Commissioner G. Warren Elliott said Friday. The reason the county purchased precinct counters and handicapped-accessible voting machines for all 74 precincts was to comply with the federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA)
NEWS
by WANDA T. WILLIAMS | November 1, 2004
wandaw@herald-mail.com Ever ordered a sandwich using the computerized touch screen menu at an area Sheetz convenience store? Or, withdrawn money from an ATM? If so, you'll be fine using Maryland's new electronic voting machines, according to a technician who services the machines in Washington County. "It's simple, very self explanatory," said Dutch Chase, a technician with Diebold Election Systems, the company that made Maryland's voting machines. If you'd like to try out one before Tuesday's election, go to the lobby of the Washington County Board of Elections at 35 W. Franklin St. in Hagerstown.
NEWS
October 3, 2005
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Representatives of West Virginia Secretary of State Betty Ireland will be in the Eastern Panhandle Friday as part of a demonstration of new voting machines. The secretary of state's office and Election Systems & Software will be at the Berkeley County Courthouse in Martinsburg, W.Va., on Friday at 1 p.m. to show Panhandle officials how the new machines work. The machines are expected to be delivered to counties in January and to be used in the voting at the 2006 primary and general election.
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by TRISH RUDDER | January 24, 2006
trishr@herald-mail.com BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - West Virginia Secretary of State Betty Ireland told the Morgan County Commission and staff Monday that the May primary will be a challenge for everybody. Ireland, the state's chief elections official, was in Berkeley Springs to answer questions regarding new electronic voting and optical scanner machines. She said the new touch-screen voting machines are in place for disabled voters and "must be in place by law. " She said the touch-screen machines will be used for early voting and at the primary May 9. "I'd love to see 25 (percent)
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by DAVE McMILLION | May 9, 2006
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County officials on Monday wrestled with problems in a new ballot-counting machine and initially said that ballots in today's primary election might have to be counted by hand, a process that could take two days. Jefferson County Clerk Jennifer Maghan said late Monday that the problem had been corrected and she believed that a hand count will not be necessary. Despite Maghan's comments, Jefferson County Commission member Jane Tabb said she thinks a hand count is still possible until the commission assesses the situation.
NEWS
by ROBERT SNYDER | May 4, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Despite assurances that Berkeley County's new electronic voting machines would be available in time for next week's primary election, continuing problems are casting the machines' readiness in doubt, a county elections official said Wednesday. Berkeley County Voter Registration and Elections Supervisor Bonnie Woodfall said that the county's store of touch-screen voting machines, of which one was to be placed in each of the county's 65 precincts, have not been able to be successfully tested.
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By ART CALLAHAM | April 15, 2012
I can't help it; I have to comment on the recent primary election. No, this is not a statement about who won and who lost, although, in my opinion, there were a couple of scary names on the winner's side of the results. Nor is this column a statement about how campaigns were conducted. Rather, it's another column about our rights as Americans, how to protect those rights and how to participate in self government.  Shame on us, our community, the City of Hagerstown, our county and our state; the voter turnout was, again, in my opinion, abysmal.
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NEWS
September 23, 2011
Berkeley County officials are unhappy that the Secretary of State's office shifted the responsibility of paying for the maintenance and upkeep of election voting machines to the state's 55 counties "at the last hour. " The county wasn't notified of the change until late last month, Deputy County Administrator Alan Davis told Berkeley County Council members. Faced with soon-to-expire maintenance agreements in place for 74 of the county's 230 voting machines, the council voted Thursday to authorize a four-year agreement with Election Systems & Software.
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By MARLO BARNHART | May 19, 2009
o Voter turnout hasn't always been low HAGERSTOWN -- Hagerstown residents headed to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots for mayor, City Council members, and a question on when future elections should be held. Daryl Long said voter turnout in the first 3 1/2 hours at the Washington County Free Library polling place for today's Hagerstown municipal election was already way ahead of the primary numbers. "We had 42 voters by 10:30 a.m.," said Long, a chief judge. "There were only about 70 voters total at the primary -- we're already halfway there.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | November 6, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- With 200 votes separating him from Democrat Herb Snyder in the race for a 16th District state Senate seat, Republican Bob Adams said Wednesday the race is undecided given absentee and provisional ballots that could be counted in the race. Snyder said Wednesday night he doubts there would be enough absentee and provisional ballots to affect his lead over Adams and predicted new ballots would only change the vote outcome by about 24 votes. "I would say it's over," Snyder said of the race.
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November 5, 2008
HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Considering her husband waited 2 1/2 hours to vote Tuesday morning at James Rumsey Technical Institute, Karen Martin was pretty happy with where she was standing outside the school about 90 minutes before the polls closed. Martin said her husband, Leon, was off work for the day so his extended wait at Precinct 39, beginning at 8:30 a.m., didn't pose a problem. The couple voted at different times because of her in-home day care business and "somebody had to stay with the kids," said Martin, whose daughter came with her to the polls.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD and DAVE McMILLION | November 4, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Buoyed by an emotion-charged sprint for the White House and scores of contested local races, record numbers of voters are expected at the pools today in West Virginia. Given that about 18 percent of Berkeley County's 64,949 registered voters already have voted, County Clerk John W. Small Jr. said Monday that he expects a 70 percent turnout by the time polls close tonight. As of Monday, there were 24,611 Berkeley County residents registered with the Democratic Party, 24,233 Republicans and 15,727 registered with no party affiliation, according to a report generated Monday by the county voter registration office.
NEWS
By DAVE MCMILLION and MATTHEW UMSTEAD | October 28, 2008
EASTERN PANHANDLE, W.Va. -- Excitement might be building as the general election nears, but for thousands of residents in Berkeley and Jefferson counties, voting is already behind them. Since early voting started across the state on Oct. 15, nearly 10,000 people in Berkeley and Jefferson counties have voted in what election officials say has been an impressive turnout. Early voting ends at 5 p.m. Saturday. Before early voting began, Berkeley County Clerk John W. Small Jr. predicted 5,000 people, "maybe more," would cast ballots before election day. "My new target is 10,000," Small said Monday afternoon after a turnout of 861 voters Saturday pushed the tally to 5,378.
NEWS
By JOSHUA BOWMAN | July 29, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Election officials across Maryland are anticipating high voter turnout in November's general election. In Washington County, that means more electronic voting machines, more poll books and more judges. With less than four months to go before voters head to the polls to elect the country's next president, election workers here are preparing for a rush of voters and hoping to prevent long lines and last-minute registrations. "We've increased our staff, our equipment.
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By DAVE McMILLION | April 2, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- The county's top election official said Tuesday she hopes new tabulating equipment available for next month's primary election will greatly speed up vote counting and avoid long election result delays seen in the 2006 general election. While officials in Berkeley and Morgan counties were able to finish their tabulating before midnight in the 2006 November general election, it took Jefferson County officials until 5 a.m. to complete their work. County officials said at the time that the machine that counted votes appeared to be operating slowly and Jefferson County Clerk Jennifer Maghan said the problems were made worse by an inexperienced technical assistant.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | December 5, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - An electrical outage at a Washington County polling place last year was one of the few local problems described Tuesday to a statewide task force examining voting irregularities. The episode showed what can go wrong on Election Day - and how quickly it can be conquered. A construction problem caused a "totally unexpected" power failure at the polling place, Maranatha Brethren Church off Jefferson Boulevard, said Charles L. "Jim" Mobley Jr., the president of the county's board of elections at the time.
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