Warner rolls out general election plans for absentee; Tennant criticizes

WV MetroNews

July 28, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — There are now official voting options for the 2020 November general election in West Virginia.

Secretary of State Mac Warner’s office announced guidelines that include a voter being able to request an absentee ballot online or by phone due to COVID-19 concerns.

According to Warner, all a voter needs to do is select “Illness, injury or other medical reason which keeps me confined” as the excuse for completing an absentee ballot application to the clerk’s office.

“West Virginia voters should never have to choose between their health and their right to vote,” Warner said in a news release by the office on Monday afternoon. “Let me be very clear. Any voter concerned about their health and safety because of COVID-19 will have the option to vote by absentee ballot.”

Warner’s office released a 10-page summary report of meetings with the state’s 55 county clerks in the past three weeks, which detail the planning, administration, and voter participation of the primary that was held in June.