West Virginia ballot news archive
March 7, 2009: "Jefferson County's new zoning ordinance and a related petition are at the center of a debate.
In December, members of Citizens for a Better Government in Jefferson County submitted more than 3,000 signatures that it had collected as part of a petition drive aimed at bringing the ordinance up for a public vote. As a result, a stay was placed on the ordinance. The previous ordinance was placed back in force until the election can take place.
Since the petition's submission though, a new battle has begun, this one centered around whether the petition - and the names on it - should be considered public information." Read the full article here.
Newspaper sues county clerk over FOIA
March 5, 2009. "The Shepherdstown Observer newspaper has filed a lawsuit against the Jefferson County Clerk over her refusal to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request.
The Observer says it wanted to see documents related to a petition gathered to spur a referendum on a zoning change passed by the county commission. The change was passed in Oct. 2008, according to the newspaper's complaint filed Feb. 11.
The petition is allowed by law to challenge the zoning change. Ten-percent of registered voters in the affected area have to sign the petition to prompt the referendum vote." Read the full article here.
Jefferson County petition confusion
February 28, 2009. "What’s the difference between casting a vote in a public election and signing a petition to request an election? Ask most legal authorities, and they will tell you the two are as different as voting in an election and registering to vote: one is conducted on a secret ballot and the other is a matter of public record.
That distinction has caused yet another wrinkle of delay in implementing a new set of ordinances to guide subdivisions, zoning, and planning in Jefferson County. It’s also created a controversy that is exposing a rift among the county’s elected officials and confusion between the county and the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office." Read the full article here.
West Virginia's top judge loses his re-election bid
May 15, 2008. The chief justice of West Virginia’s Supreme Court, Elliott E. Maynard, lost his re-election bid on Tuesday after being dogged for months by a conflict-of-interest scandal stemming from photographs showing him on vacation and dining with the chief executive of a coal company with cases pending before the court. ...more