Tennant praised her office's efforts leading the election fraud investigation in Lincoln County, which resulted in arrests and criminal convictions.
"I have more convictions and have done more investigations of election fraud than any other secretary of state," she said. However, "stronger voter ID laws wouldn't have stopped what happened there."
"There's a difference between voter fraud and election fraud," Tennant said. She said no cases of voter fraud have ever arisen in the state.
West Virginia already has sufficient voter identification laws, Tennant believes, because upon registering identification must be proven.
"We have voter ID in West Virginia. I am not about suppressing, making it more difficult for people. Has this form of our voter identification been successful? The answer is yes," she said.
Her Republican opponent, Delegate Brian Savilla, R-Putnam, had a prior commitment and could not attend the meeting with editors Friday.
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