Many may cast their ballots in person June 9

Only about 18% of West Virginia’s registered voters have requested absentee ballots for the June 9 primary election. That tells us two things:

First, as usual, a substantial number of voters will skip the election.

But second, a significant percentage still plan to cast ballots in person, either during the early voting period at courthouses or in person at polling places on Election Day.

By coincidence, Secretary of State Mac Warner was in Wheeling this week, checking on personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies for local polling places. “This is going to be a clean election, both literally and figuratively,” he pledged.

For a number of reasons linked to COVID-19, that will be quite a challenge. We encourage county election coordinators to consider the possibility that polling places may be busier than anticipated and, if necessary, to seek supplemental resources from county commissions to handle such a turnout.


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