"You can't sit on the sidelines," she said to Savilla. "You did not put your name on one piece of legislation that would have done anything in the Jerry Weaver case."
Tennant said she has worked with the Legislature to make elections more open and accessible to West Virginia voters.
"There have been mistakes, and I take full responsibility," she said. "But at the same time, we have moved mountains."
She said her office has faced unprecedented challenges in recent years following the death of Sen. Robert Byrd.
With the help of the Legislature and county officials, she said her office was able to organize a special statewide primary and general election process within 30 to 90 days of Byrd's death.
Meanwhile, she said the fraud division was investigating absentee ballot problems that occurred in the 2010 Lincoln County primary.
"And you see what that resulted in, with more convictions and more investigations during my term than by any other secretary of state," she said.
The two also differed on the issue of voter ID.
Savilla said he was "100 percent" for requiring voters to show a photo ID to verify their identity at the ballot box.
Tennant said she also supported voter ID efforts - the measures already in place in this state.
"I am for voter ID - we have voter ID in West Virginia," she said, pointing out that people have to present valid identification to register to vote and then confirm their identity by signing poll books on election day.
But she said that since 100,000 West Virginians do not have driver's licenses, a photo ID requirement would be problematic.
The two also split on the issue of allowing satellite early voting locations in counties.
"It is working across the state," Tennant said, citing successful efforts in Jackson and Wood counties in recent elections.
"I'm not a big fan of it," Savilla said. He said having remote voting locations opens up potential security issues.
"We've gotten to a point in today's world where we're more about ease than protection," he said. "We should not open (the system) up to more potential fraud."
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