What Took So Long?

In just five months of working with county election officials, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner’s office has gotten 61,386 names removed from voter registration lists throughout the state. Of that total, 5,766 were in Northern Panhandle counties.

For years, little was done to clean up voter registration rolls by removing the names of dead people, those who had moved and others who were ineligible to vote. During her tenure, former Secretary of State Natalie Tennant insisted her office was active in that work. Warner’s quick, dramatic success indicates Tennant was not being candid.

West Virginians ought to be upset it took so long to begin providing honest lists of voters. They should be pleased, however, that Warner takes the responsibility seriously.