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Flanagan Hill residents cast votes in tents

November 7, 2012
By Beth Christian Broschart Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

Even the wrath of Superstorm Sandy could not keep Tucker County residents from voting Tuesday. In Flanagan Hill, voters cast their votes in temporary tents, with heat and lighting provided by generators, because of a persisting electrical outage in the area.

"I reported the outage to the West Virginia Secretary of State's Office, and the rest was handled through the Tucker County Office of Emergency Services and the National Guard," Tucker County Clerk Sherry Simmons said. "The National Guard set up the tent in the parking lot of the precinct Monday, and it will remain there until (today)."

Simmons said the Flanagan Hill precinct was open for regular voting hours. The tent on site is equipped with lights and heat.

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Photo courtesy of Tucker County Clerk and WV Secretary of State’s Offices
Voters in the Flanagan Hill Precinct in Red Creek cast their votes Tuesday in an Army tent complete with lighting and heat via generators. The National Guard set up the tent on Monday and will dismantle it today. Tucker County Clerk Sherry Simmons said this is the first time voting commenced in tents. Red Creek, located in Tucker County, is still without power after the wrath of Superstorm Sandy.

"The tents are 10 feet by 20 feet army mobile tents like the ones used in Iraq," Simmons said. "They were set up by the 111th Combat Engineers from Eleanor."

Simmons said this is the first time voting has taken place in temporary tents in Tucker County.

"We had a very high voter turnout at Flanagan Hill," Simmons said. "Overall, we had 61.06 percent of registered voters come out for the election. Everything went well."

All results are unofficial. A canvass of the election will take place Nov. 14.

Democrat Diane L. Hinkle ran unopposed for county commission and gathered 2,353 votes. Incumbent Assessor Paul "Butch" Burns, a Democrat, also was unopposed and received 2,330 votes.

Two seats were open for Tucker County magistrate. Riley H. Barb, a Democrat, who received 1,979 total votes, and Carol D. Irons, a Democrat, who received 2,026 votes, will fill those spots.



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