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Kanawha Co. Clerk Files Complaint Against Tennant


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.

The complaint says Tennant held a brief rally with supporters on the steps of the county’s voter registration office on Oct. 22. Early voting was underway at the time.

Tennant has said she wasn’t campaigning and simply wanted to thank volunteers.

Tennant previously agreed to move cases that present conflicts of interest to the attorney general. Tennant’s office oversees voting and elections.

Republican Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito defeated Democrat Tennant for the Senate seat.