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Kanawha voter told he'd already cast ballot

DUNBAR, W.Va. -- Dunbar resident Bryce Casto was surprised when he went to cast his ballot on Tuesday.

Poll workers told him he'd already voted.

"They said I voted on Nov. 2, during early voting," Casto said. "I teach and coach football at Nitro High School, and I was at school and at a ball game that night."

Casto, 53, said he never misses an election and that he didn't vote during Kanawha County's early voting period.

Casto said poll workers at his polling place were very nice, and he went ahead and cast a provisional ballot. Afterward, though, he contacted the office of Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick and Secretary of State Natalie Tennant about the problem.

"I realize people make mistakes," he said, "but this is a situation where there shouldn't be mistakes."

Jake Glance, spokesman for the Secretary of State's Office, said Kanawha was the only county to report an early voting problem like Casto's as of Tuesday afternoon. The only election-related troubles at that time had to do with the fallout from superstorm Sandy and some minor voter confusion over congressional redistricting.

McCormick said Casto's vote -- the real one -- will be counted.

"It was probably an office error," she said. "We had three or four of those, out of 1,300 [early voting] ballots."

McCormick said election officials will figure out how the mistake was made and count Casto's correct ballot during the post-election vote canvass.

Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.


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