MARMET, W.Va. -- Marmet Mayor Bill Pauley said some city residents have been mistakenly purged from the town's voting rolls.
Town Recorder Dave Fontalbert has been purging Marmet's list of registered voters, a process required by law.
Between elections, officials typically purge the rolls of voters who may have died or moved. The voters' list may also be purged of voters who haven't cast a ballot for two consecutive elections.
Fontalbert said Marmet has to pay for enough ballots for every registered voter in town, so it's important to have an accurate voter count. "If you have deceased individuals or someone who's moved [still on the rolls], it's costing you money," he said.
Accurate voting lists are also important in determining voting precincts, Fontalbert said.
Marmet has about 1,100 registered voters. Pauley said 72 have recently been purged.
But Pauley said some people have been taken off the list who shouldn't have been purged. "I know personally of six they took off who vote in every election," the mayor said.
Pauley said one man has already gotten his name put back on the voter roll, but is worried about the others.
"It's an honest mistake by somebody," Pauley said. "I don't think anyone would do anything intentionally."
Fontalbert said it's possible he made a few mistakes while purging voters, but said there is still time to get back on the list.
"If there are errors, those can be corrected," he said. "No one's going to be left off who is a legitimate voter."
Once purged, voters have 30 days to go to town hall, show identification and correct the error, Fontalbert said. If they miss that deadline, he said there is still time to re-register to vote before Marmet's June 11 general election.
Fontalbert said town residents who want to re-register could fill out a form and send it in to the county clerk's office in Charleston. He said the forms can be picked up at town hall, at the voter's registration office or downloaded from www.kanawha.us/election.
Residents have until May 21 to re-register to vote, Fontalbert said.Reach Rusty Marks at rustyma...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.