West Virginia voters can request absentee ballots online


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — 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.

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.