Voters casting ballots ahead of West Virginia primary

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) — West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner said Tuesday that 14% of registered voters have already cast absentee ballots for the coming primary elections.

Warner said more than a fifth of all voters in the state have requested an absentee ballot and that 171,722 ballots have been cast.

Election officials have sent all registered voters absentee ballot applications to cut down on the number of people at the polls during the coronavirus pandemic. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Wednesday, June 3, while early voting ends statewide on June 6.

West Virginia’s primary election is on June 9.