Nearly one in five West Virginians requesting absentee ballots

Ohio voters cast their votes at the polls for early voting in the 2012 U.S. presidential election in Medina, Ohio, U.S. on October 26, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk/File Photo - RTSNKB0

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Nearly 18% of West Virginia’s registered voters have requested absentee ballots for the June 9 primary election.

Secretary of State Mac Warner said Wednesday that nearly 215,000 absentee ballots were requested and nearly 87,000 of those ballots, or 7.1% of registered voters, had been returned to county clerks.

All registered voters are permitted to use an absentee mail-in ballot under the “other medical reason” excuse due to the coronavirus.

In-person early voting runs from May 27 through June 6. The last day to register to vote in the primary is May 19, and the last day to request an absentee ballot is June 3.