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UPDATE: Charleston City Leaders Approve Combined Elections

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 10/21/13 @ 11:55 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Changes are coming to the timing of elections in the city of Charleston.

On Monday night, City Council approved a plan to that will place the city elections on the same day the polls are open for Kanawha County and state elections.

Councilman Jack Harrison says this is a move that is expected save the city money and increase voter turnout.

"This is a very important bill that we passed tonight," Harrison said. "It's one of those bills that's going to save the city money ... about a quarter of a million dollars. We are going to piggyback on the county and state elections, so we won't have to fund our municipal elections anymore."

The ordinance will match the elections by 2018.



ORIGINAL STORY 10/7/13
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Changes are possible for the timing of city elections in Charleston.

During a City Council meeting Monday night, city leaders discussed combining city, county and state elections all into one.

The ordinance is expected to save the city money and increase voter turnout. Currently, the city has its own primary and general elections on its own cycle -- something that costs the taxpayers up to $100,000 per election.

The bill will next move through different city council committees.

If passed in committee, the bill will return to the full council for a final vote and elections would be combined by 2018.


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