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crystal howell

Crystal Howell

In the summer of 2012, I left my position as a public school teacher in the coalfields of West Virginia and began teaching and living with my new husband in Morgantown, just an hour south of Pittsburgh and home to West Virginia University.

That fall, when I attempted to vote early in my new precinct, I discovered that my voter registration had not been processed when I renewed my driver’s license with my new name and address. Angry and distraught at the prospect of being disenfranchised, I contacted the office of Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.

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Crystal D. Howell was born and raised in West Virginia and is now an assistant professor of education at Randolph College, in Lynchburg, Virginia.

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