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There were no surprises today as five West Virginia electors cast the state’s official votes for the next president and vice president of the United States. 

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant read the five official electoral college votes cast at the Capitol Monday by the state’s members of the electoral college during a ceremony in the House of Delegates chamber. 

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Early voting in West Virginia has broken records in the 2016 election cycle with numbers surpassing historical data for both the primary and general elections in years past.

According to data provided by the Secretary of State’s office, 220,275 voters cast early ballots in the 2016 general election. The early voting period ended Saturday, Nov. 5.

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The West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office is preparing for any potential voting issues that may arise on Election Day while tallying one of the highest early voting turnouts on record.

The Secretary of State's Office says more than 140,000 people have cast ballots early this year. The early voting period began on October 26 and runs through Saturday, November 5. 

The Secretary of State’s office is among the six Constitutional Offices on the election ballot next month.

The race for Secretary of State is more crowded this election cycle than in years past. There are three candidates running for the office-- Libertarian John Buckley, Republican Mac Warner and Democratic incumbent Natalie Tennant.

This week on Viewpoint, a federal judge has ensured that 18 third-party candidates’ names will appear before voters on November’s general election ballot. Over the course of a week, those names were included, eliminated and then restored to the ballots because of two consecutive court rulings. 

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The Secretary of State’s Office is encouraging West Virginians of all ages to register to vote or update their current voter registration during National Voter Registration Month. 

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Eleven West Virginia high schools have been recognized for student voter registration.

Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant's office announced the Jennings Randolph Award to the schools for the 2015-2016 academic year. The award recognizes 100 percent registration of voting-eligible students.

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West Virginia’s Secretary of State has made it very clear, West Virginia voters cannot take photos while in the voting booth. In fact, Secretary Natalie Tennant says you can’t take your phone into the voting booth at all. But some people don’t think state code is clear on the matter. 

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If you want to share your voting experience on social media, you'll have to find some way other than taking a photo in the voting booth. West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant says it's forbidden.

Tennant said in a news release Friday that it's illegal to photograph any part of the voting process, and no electronic devices or cellphones are allowed in the voting booth.

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.

The House of Delegates approves a controversial gun bill, one similar to legislation Governor Tomblin vetoed in 2015.

A special report tonight on West Virginia’s Division of Tourism and what they’ve done with $4 million lawmakers committed to a new advertising campaign.

Also, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant joins us to discuss the progress of the state’s public campaign financing program and a proposal to increase contribution limits in the middle of an election cycle.

Patsy Trecost

West Virginia Delegate Patsy Trecost is challenging Secretary of State Natalie Tennant in a Democratic primary.

The Harrison County lawmaker announced his bid for secretary of state Tuesday.

Trecost was elected to his first term as a delegate in 2014. He was previously the mayor and a city council member in Clarksburg.

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant is unveiling a website to track public records requests throughout state and local governments.

Tennant told The Associated Press the website cataloging Freedom of Information Act requests will be up Friday, as state law requires.

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West Virginia's new online voter registration system has clicked with voters.

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant says her office received 1,082 submissions through the system in its first month. The submissions included 439 new voter registration applications, 349 address changes, 267 party changes and 27 name changes.

Even the WVU Fans Were Against Her

Nov 3, 2015
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It's been 25 years since West Virginia University named the first woman to be the Mountaineer mascot.  Natalie Tennant entered the political arena becoming the Secretary of State.  She's also run for governor and United States Senate.  It was her turn as the traditionally male mascot that may have given her the thick skin for politics.  Beth Vorhees reminisced with Tennant about her experience in our studio last week.

25 Years Ago WVU Selected First Female Mountaineer

Nov 3, 2015
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On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with Secretary of State Natalie Tennant about being the first woman to be the West Virginia University Mountaineer mascot 25 years ago.

Secretary of State's Office Warns of New Scam

Sep 10, 2015
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The Secretary of State’s office is warning business owners about a scam that has surfaced in the state.

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant says business owners are receiving postcards from a firm called “Business Compliance Division” with an official looking logo.  The cards ask owners to call a number to fix a potential compliance violation and are told they need to pay a fee of up to 85 dollars to apply for a certificate of existence.

At the legislature today, after a high school principal resigned and faces misdemeanor charges for failing to report a sexual assault at his school, lawmakers revisit a law pertaining to that issue.  One senator lashes out at a house bill that prohibits local anti-discrimination ordinances.  And we’ll talk with the Secretary of State about election bills at this session on The Legislature Today.

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Secretary of State Natalie Tennant is facing an elections complaint saying she led a U.S. Senate campaign rally near a voting site.

Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick filed the complaint in late October but did not publicize it. McCormick, a Republican, provided the letter to The Charleston Gazette after a Freedom of Information Act request.

  Congressman Nick Rahall's race against state Sen. Evan Jenkins has been focused on the declining coal industry in southern West Virginia.

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Secretary of State Natalie Tennant may have violated state law on Wednesday as she led a group to the Kanawha County Voter Registration office for early voting.

According to Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick, Tennant led a group of about 30 supporters to the courthouse Wednesday morning. She says members of the group cheered for Tennant for a brief moment and Tennant thanked them for their support. They then went inside to cast their ballots. 

State law prohibits any campaigning on the property of the county courthouse, any annex facilities or any other designated early voting locations. 

Tennant is running for the U.S. Senate seat soon to be vacated by retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller.

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant outlines her plan for West Virginia if elected to become the state's next U.S. Senator. 

We profile the Constitution Party's candidate for U.S. Senate Phil Hudok. 

Also, Jonathan Mattise of the Associated Press and Ben Fields of the Herald-Dispatch recap a debate between Rep. Nick Rahall and state Senator Evan Jenkins as they battle it out for the 3rd Congressional District.

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  In rival U.S. Senate bids, Republican Shelley Moore Capito raised $1.6 million last quarter and still has $3.4 million in the bank, while Democrat Natalie Tennant brought in almost $1 million and has $1.1 million in her campaign account.

Capito takes the 3-to-1 cash edge into the race's homestretch, as the Nov. 4 election approaches.

With plenty of TV advertising, the two had a high-spending quarter.

Watch: Capito-Tennant U.S. Senate Debate

Oct 6, 2014

  Republican Shelley Moore Capito and Democrat Natalie Tennant are facing off in a debate for an open U.S. Senate seat.

Tuesday's debate will take place at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston.

The West Virginia Press Association, AARP, West Virginia Public Broadcasting and MetroNews are organizing it.

Hoppy Kercheval of MetroNews will be the moderator.

The debate will also air live online and on West Virginia Public Broadcasting. Journalists will analyze the event in a post-debate special.