by Ron Gregory
CHARLESTON — At the end of the day Thursday, it was generally agreed that no precinct poll workers were appointed and then “un-appointed” by the Mingo County
Commission. Allegations that such had occurred stirred controversy on social media Monday with consistent comments that “Team Mingo” had been involved in new chicanery at the election level.
That appears not to be true.
What at least three former poll workers took as an appointment as a precinct worker was actually a questionnaire asking if they would serve again in 2016 in appointed. Although the workers argue that, in the past, all they did was check “yes” and send their letters back to confirm the appointment, state and county officials say that is not true.
According to the West Virginia Code the process to name poll workers (often referred to as workers “in the house” in Mingo) involves the nomination of two election officials by the two major political parties for each precinct. These two, one called a poll clerk and one titled an election commissioner, are nominated by their respective county party executive committees. A fifth worker for each precinct, called an election commissioner, is appointed by the County Commission. Alternates are also appointed by the county.