Election day decisions on hold


BUCKHANNON — Upshur County Commission held a special meeting Tuesday morning via teleconference.  Commissioners approved the lay of the levy for the fiscal year 2021.  

Commissioners also met with Elected Officials Tuesday afternoon.  County Clerk Carol Smith stated that they have received approximately 2,000 absentee voting slips.  The County Clerk’s office is working diligently to get all of them processed and their goal is to get 800 more mailed out.   Smith expressed that there is simply too much to do and they need all hands-on deck within the office.  Decisions for election day regarding precinct locations and set-up have not been made; however, Smith spoke strongly against moving precincts unless necessary.  Some of these decisions are pending until Governor Justice makes an official statement regarding Election Day in West Virginia. 

During the previous regular meeting, Commissioners went into executive session regarding correspondence from attorney Clayton Fitzsimmons of Fitzsimmons Law Firm PLLC about the pending opioid litigation.  Commissioners approved the motion to consider granting Fitzsimmons Law Firm the authority to take actions on the Commission’s behalf regarding the on-going opioid litigation based upon recommendations that were provided on April 16. 

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