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Mac Warner’s Absentee Plan Is Not Enough

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Mac Warner’s Absentee Plan Is Not Enough

August 19, 2020

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For Immediate Release:
 
July 28, 2020
Contact: Brittni McGuire, Brittni@wvdemocrats.com 
 
 
Mac Warner’s Absentee Plan Is Not Enough
Registered voters should receive an absentee application in the mail 
 
(Charleston, WV) – Yesterday Secretary of State Mac Warner released his plans for absentee voting in the general election due to COVID-19. Those plans included the ability to request a ballot through your County Clerk or an online portal coming soon, but voters will not be receiving the absentee ballot application in the mail as they did in the primary. 
West Virginia Democratic Party Chairwoman Belinda Biafore says this will confuse voters and urges Mac Warner to do things exactly as he did in the primary election to ensure that West Virginians can cast their votes. Not doing so will confuse voters and suppress their voting rights. 
“Every registered voter in West Virginia should receive an absentee ballot application in the mail just as they did in the primary election,” said Chairwoman Biafore. “The effort should be the same as it was in the primary election to ensure that every registered voter has the opportunity to exercise their right to vote. Doing anything less is suppressing the voting rights of those who do not have internet access or easy accessibility to the means of communication necessary to request a ballot on their own.” 
This time around Warner announced that instead of every registered voter receiving an application in the mail, the state will be using a new online portal so that one can be requested. 
“Mac Warner has touted that West Virginia has received millions of dollars for absentee voting. The money is there so what is the issue? Take care of the voters,” said Biafore.  
Biafore stated her frustration with the change in the voting protocol when COVID-19 numbers and rate of spread in West Virginia are higher now than they were during the primary election and will probably rise even higher as we move into fall. 
“Regardless of the process, the West Virginia Democratic Party will do everything we can to help voters exercise their right to vote and ensure they have all the information they need to do so.”
Warners says the online portal will be available on August 11th. 
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