West Virginia voters can request absentee ballots online


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (News Nation) — West Virginia voters who want to vote by absentee ballot in the November election are now able to submit their requests either online or by contacting their county clerks, Secretary of State Mac Warner said.

The online option can be accessed at GoVoteWV.com. Absentee applications go directly to county clerks, Warner’s office said. Status of absentee ballots can be accessed at the same website.

The site wasn’t working when it was first announced, News Nation affiliate WOWK reported.

Postage-paid absentee ballots will be mailed starting Sept. 18 to voters whose applications are approved by their county clerks.

Anyone unable to use the online portal or print the application from the secretary of state’s website may call or write their county clerk to request an application form by mail, the release said.

Voters who are confined to their homes because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic may apply to vote absentee.

The application deadline is Oct. 28. The last day to register to vote or update registration is Oct. 13.

The state experienced some complications with mail in ballots during the primaries.

“We sent out 122,000 forms for them to send out their application. We heard nothing from over 60,000 and 14,000 were undeliverable,” said Vera McCormick, Kanawha County Clerk.

“We’re not taking anything away. We’re adding extra means by which people can request that absentee ballot. You can print it off, and still sent it in the old fashion way if you want to. But, I would recommend if you’re going online you might as well just send it in digitally.”

Mac Warner, West Virginia Secretary of State (R)

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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