USA: West Virginia holds primary elections amid historical-high absentee votes

West Virginians went to the polls on Tuesday to vote in the primary elections. As seen in four different polling stations in Morgantown, in-person turnout was low after voters cast absentee ballots in record numbers in the state. Due to coronavirus safety concerns, every registered voter in West Virginia was given the opportunity to cast an absentee ballot for the first time in history. Those who had not voted early or through paper absentee ballots went to the polling stations on Tuesday. «Typically during a presidential primary we will issue approximately 1,000 to 1,200 ballots absentee and for this particular election we had issued over 14,000,» said Monongalia county clerk Carye Blaney. The primary election, originally scheduled for May 12, was pushed to June 9 because of the pandemic. Voters cast their ballots for the presidential and gubernatorial race, as well as three state Supreme Court, U.S. Senate, U.S. House, state legislature, agriculture commissioner and attorney general seats.
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