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W.Va. to keep sheriff term limits

Nov. 07, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

CHARLESTON -- Voters are leaning against a proposed constitutional amendment that would eliminate term limits for sheriffs in West Virginia.

In early unofficial returns, 52 percent (228,149) of voters were against the elimination of term limits and 48 percent (209,844) supported it, with 1,501 of 1,846 precincts reporting.

The West Virginia Constitution currently forces sheriffs to sit out one term after serving two consecutive four-year terms. The elimination of term limits was supported by the West Virginia Sheriffs Association, which sent out thousands of mailings, asking voters to repeal the current term limits for the state's 55 sheriffs.

Only two other states, Indiana and New Mexico, have similar restrictions.