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Tips provided for absentee voting for upcoming election

CHARLESTON — Secretary of State Mac Warner says that a recent nationwide postcard mailer sent by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) — offering suggestions for planning ahead to vote absentee — highlights the need for voters to be aware of West Virginia-specific deadlines to ensure ballots arrive on time.

While some West Virginia residents have already received the USPS postcard, according to the Postal Service, all residential addresses and P.O. Boxes in West Virginia should receive the mailing by Sept. 15.

According to Warner, the USPS postcard mailer does not provide all important WV election deadlines. Rather, the postcard suggests that voters should plan ahead to get their election materials to the USPS to ensure on-time delivery. Warner said that he believes the USPS mailer was well-intended, but there is an inaccurate reference to a suggested mailing deadline, which could confuse some voters.

For the 2020 General Election, the last day WV voters can request an absentee ballot is Oct. 28. However, the USPS asks for voters to mail the absentee request 15 days in advance to ensure delivery to the county clerk and to give time for voters to complete their ballot.

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