CHARLESTON – Secretary of State Betty Ireland has announced that membership in the West Virginia Voter Hall of Fame will be open to all registered voters who have voted for 50 consecutive years.

"We have had such a tremendous response, and inducted truly outstanding citizens into the Inaugural Class of the West Virginia Voter Hall of Fame, so we felt now was the time to make membership available to all voting citizens in our state who have voted for 50 consecutive years, or more," Ireland said.

Ireland established the West Virginia Voter Hall of Fame last year, when members of the Inaugural Class were nominated by the county clerks and recognized as being the oldest voter in their county with a voting history of 50 consecutive years, or more.

"We've heard wonderful stories about election days in the past from these dedicated voters in the Inaugural Class," Ireland said. "And it has certainly been my pleasure to recognize and honor them, meet their families, and celebrate their longstanding personal commitment to the democratic process of voting."

"There are many more citizens in this state who deserve recognition in the West Virginia Voter Hall of Fame, so going forward, citizens need not be nominated by their county clerks to be eligible for induction," Ireland said.

Applicants for the West Virginia Voter Hall of Fame must be registered to vote in West Virginia and must have voted at every General Election at which they were eligible for 50 or more consecutive years.

For further information, and a copy of the application form, please visit WVvotes.com or call the Secretary of State's Office toll free at 1-866-767-8683.

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