Board Delays Canvass Again

The Marshall County Board of Education on Thursday further postponed the canvass of the Dec. 15 special election, which unofficially renewed the school district’s operating levy.

The canvass is now scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. today at the Marshall County Courthouse in Moundsville.

Marshall County Clerk Jan Pest said that during regular primary and general elections, county commissioners sit as a board of canvassers to certify election results and declare them official. Because the board opted to hold a special election, though, board members are required to act as their own board of canvassers.

The canvassing process determines which provisional ballots should be counted.

The canvass originally was scheduled for the morning of Dec. 21, but the board was unable to form a quorum at the time.

As a result, the canvass was postponed until Thursday evening.

On Thursday, however, employees of the Marshall County Clerk’s Office said the canvass had been postponed again. They could not provide a reason for the second delay.

No board of education members could be reached for comment Thursday. Assistant Superintendent Wayne Simms was unaware Thursday evening that the canvass had been rescheduled again.

He planned to contact board members today to learn the reason for the delay.

The operating levy, which was approved by an unofficial vote of 2,973-1,969, will give the school district $16.43 million every year for five years, adding up to $82.16 million for the entire period.

Only about 22.3 percent of eligible voters in Marshall County turned out for the special election.