§3-9-10. Disorder at polls; prevention; failure to assist in
preventing disorder; penalties.
Any person who shall, by force, menace, fraud or intimidation,
prevent or attempt to prevent any officer whose duty it is by law
to assist in holding an election, or in counting the votes cast
thereat, and certifying and returning the result thereof, from
discharging his duties according to law; or who shall, by violence,
threatening gestures, speeches, force, menace or intimidation,
prevent or attempt to prevent an election being held; or who shall
in any manner obstruct or attempt to obstruct the holding of an
election, or who shall, by any manner of force, fraud, menace or
intimidation, prevent or attempt to prevent any voter from
attending any election, or from freely exercising his right of
suffrage at any election at which he is entitled to vote, shall be
guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction, fined not more than
one thousand dollars, or confined in the county jail for not more
than one year, or both, in the discretion of the court.
Any person who, being thereto commanded by the commissioners
of election, or either of them, shall fail or refuse to assist to
the utmost of his power, in whatever may be necessary or proper to
prevent intimidation, disorder or violence at the polls, shall be
guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be
fined not less than ten nor more than one hundred dollars.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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