Cabell County Clerk Karen Cole

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 Following a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia, a federal judge has ordered Cabell County Clerk Karen Cole to accept and process online voter registrations.

Cole has stood her ground before on her refusal to process online voter registrations. The ACLU unsuccessfully sued her during the 2016 primaries in the spring, when she told West Virginia Public Broadcasting that she had concerns regarding the security of registering online. 



When Allison Mullins, a freshman at Marshall University, tried to change her voter registration to Cabell County, she went online to fill out the form. But shortly after, she received a letter in the mail from the Cabell County Clerk's office asking her to mail in a paper registration form instead. Mullins said the lack of an online registration option in her county is not only inconvenient, but also misleading to those who registered online to vote in Cabell County.


Online Voter Registration

The West Virginia Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit filed against the county clerks of Kanawha and Cabell counties over their refusal to accept online voter registrations from the Secretary of State's office.

Cabell County Clerk Karen Cole tells The Herald-Dispatch that she received an official statement Tuesday afternoon from the court saying the petition filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia had been rejected.

Online Voter Registration

Online voter registration - on the surface it may seem like a no-brainer idea to increase the number of voters in the state. But one county isn’t satisfied with the program.