Races same after Hancock County canvass

NEW CUMBERLAND–Hancock County’s canvass of last week’s election results included a review of more than 100 provisional ballots and some absentee ballots.

Head Elections Clerk Barb Ross said the canvass, held on Monday, won’t change the results of any of the races but could change some of the vote totals.

The canvass board, comprising County Commissioners Jeff Davis and Joe Barnabei and County Clerk George Foley, met at 9 a.m. and recessed at 11:45 a.m.

“It is up to the board to decide whether the challenge is upheld or removed,” Ross said.

Also in attendance were representatives of the local Democratic and Republican executive committees, although they did not have a vote.

Most people vote a provisional ballot on Election Day because they have moved or neglected to update their registration information.

Some absentee ballots arrived at the Hancock County Election Office as recently as Monday. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by Election Day.

Vote totals can be certified 48 hours after all 55 counties in West Virginia report their canvass results to Charleston, Ross said.