Lots of folks in West Virginia don't vote, even though elections have consequences for them directly.

Will vote by mail change that?  If we knew more about the reasons for non-voting, we might start answering that question.

What did we learn?

Vote by mail could help alleviate some of the main reasons reported by West Virginians who don't vote, based on data from the 2016 General Election.


MORE here.

Vote by mail acceptance

Lots of folks in West Virginia express reservations about vote by mail.  That includes the current Governor and Secretary of State.

How do we know voters would accept vote by mail, if they had it?  The 2020 Primary Election gave us a chance to look at a voting method similar to vote by mail.  If voters were willing to use absentee voting when it was available to all, that would give us some confidence that they would accept vote by mail.

What did we learn?

Half of the ballots cast in the 2020 Primary Election were absentee ballots.  Most absentee ballots (and their applications) used the mail.  This suggests that West Virginia voters could accept vote by mail, especially with more emphasis on voter education.


MORE here.

We thank the League of Women Voters of West Virginia and the League of Women Voters of Morgantown-Monongalia County for their sponsorship.  The League is not responsible for content.
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