Gilmer Free Press
ELECTION COMPLAINT-DISCLOSURE: WV Judge Voids Elections Complaint Gag Law
A West Virginia judge has ruled that someone accused of violating elections law can rebut the allegations publicly.
Currently WV law threatens anyone who discloses an elections complaint with a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine and jail time.
But Kanawha Circuit Judge Duke Bloom says that blanket gag order is an overly broad restriction of speech.
He ruled the law unconstitutional in a Monday order.
As a result, West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant said on Wednesday that she will start confirming whether an investigation is underway.