Election Proposal

A proposal to rein in weekend special elections is among the bills Kanawha County officials want to introduce to the West Virginia Legislature. Kanawha County Commissioner Kent Carper is strongly opposed to the idea of having what he says are "elections every time you turn around", calling them a waste of money. Under the bill, which Carper said has the backing of Kanawha County lawmakers, it would no longer be legal to run a special levy election within six months of a regularly scheduled election, or to rerun a failed levy within one year of the original election. Carper said the intention of the bill is to encourage government agencies to put special elections on a regular election ballot.