Update: Absentee voting well above normal in West Virginia
West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner says 14% of registered voters have already cast absentee ballots for the coming primary elections.
Warner on Tuesday said more than a fifth of all voters in the state have requested an absentee ballot and that 171,722 ballots have been cast.
The figures are even higher in Wood County. County Clerk Mark Rhodes says nearly 8,000 registered voters, or 17%, have turned in completed mail-in ballots.
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. Warner has said fewer than 3% of voters used absentee ballots in previous elections. This year's primary election is on June 9.
More than 11% of West Virginia's registered voters have returned absentee ballots for the June 9 primary election.
Secretary of State Mac Warner says more than 249,000 absentee ballots were requested and nearly 136,000 of those have been returned to county clerks.
All registered voters are permitted to use an absentee mail-in ballot due to the coronavirus pandemic. In-person early voting runs from Wednesday through June 6.