KEYSER - A new program, established by the West Virginia office of the Secretary of State to enable homeless citizens to have the opportunity to vote, was defined at the Tuesday meeting of the Mineral County Commission.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - A new program, established by the West Virginia office of the Secretary of State to enable homeless citizens to have the opportunity to vote, was defined at the Tuesday meeting of the Mineral County Commission.
Lauren Ellifritz, county clerk, said the voter identification program will take affect on Jan. 1, 2018, and is to be used for voting only in upcoming elections.
She mentioned that the Charleston area is heavily populated with homeless people, however, in the local county, “We don’t have much of an issue.”
Commissioner Roger Leatherman did say that he is familiar with a “couple living in a tent.”
Ellifritz added that a driver’s license can be used for identification to register to vote, but, “Not all voters have a driver’s license.”
She said that those with no driver’s license or state ID card will be assisted by the clerk’s office to obtain the needed information to proceed to the Department of Motor Vehicles to receive a voter ID card.
Saying that documents as a birth certificate or social security card can be used for identification purposes, Ellifritz said that citizens must have their “residency verified” to assure they are placed in the correct precient to vote.
“This may be difficult,” she said of those who are homeless.
In another matter related to voting, Ellifritz announced that two Keyser precincts will be closing and be combined with two other polling places.
She said that precinct 16, located across the tracks in the North End of Keyser will consolidate with precinct 18, at the Boyce-Houser American Legion on Main Street.
Ellifritz gave the information of the closing of precinct 23, located at the Clary Street Learning Center,00 to combine with the voters at precinct 21, at St. Mary’s Hall, and she added that a notice of the consolidation of the precincts will be advertised in the local paper.
Time changes for two future Mineral County Commission meetings were given the affirmative vote by the commissioners, with both to take place on Tuesdays, staring with the Dec. 26 meeting, with the new time of starting at 9:30 a.m., and no appointments will be scheduled for this meeting.
Also, the Jan. 2, 2018 commission meeting now has a time to start at 10 a.m