Ballot Issue Sparks Candidate Concern


 Sarah Koegler, a current Board of Education member, is running for re-election.

Candidates draw numbers for the order their names are placed on the ballot and Koegler drew number six.

While she’s fine with the order, she says she is at an unfair disadvantage because the first five candidates are listed on the same page, and voters will have to scroll to see her name as the final option on the next page.

Koegler says she’s concerned people will choose their two without even knowing she is on there.

She has reached out to the County Board of Elections and the Secretary of State’s office regarding the issue.

“But I also think this is unfair to voters. I don’t think ballots should look like this. I think voters are already confused. There’s a lot of names, a lot of offices. Our format should be as simple and clear as possible. So I hope that if we can’t fix this year, we’ll never see this again in West Virginia,” said Koegler.

Koegler adds she has been looking into ways to resolve it.

An injunction would halt voting in the entire county and she says she does not want to go that route. But she is hoping the layout can be fixed so it could split the candidates with three on each page if all six cannot be on one.

We’ll continue to keep you updated on how the issue is resolved.

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