We asked the Republican Legislative Leadership to support a Vote-By-Mail Primary, but received no response. No party can be disadvantaged by a Vote-By-Mail Primary, so there is absolutely no reason to risk everyone's health to play politics. It's time to put West Virginians first.
Vote-by-mail ensures the safety of West Virginians, from the voters to our poll workers. Now more than ever we need to find commonsense solutions to ensure that West Virginians are able to vote in 2020 and able to do so safely!
Even though all West Virginians are now allowed to vote using absentee ballots in the primary, we remain concerned for the health of voters and poll workers, thousands of whom are elderly and in the most at-risk age group.
We spoke to the secretary of state to get her take on voting by mail and whether she thinks the balloting option could be implemented across the country.
April 16, 2020
Mail-in voting in Oregon has worked for decades, says Republican
“I think after 20 years, we’ve proven that our system is very secure and voters love it. The voters voted it in, they’ve never made an attempt to vote it out. I think they’re happy with it and I think it’s a 20-year history of success,” said Secretary of State Bev Clarno (R).
April 14, 2020
Honolulu Civil Beat
Voting By Mail Could Not Come At A More Needed Time
Under coronavirus, voting in person could risk personal safety. Hawaii voters should make sure they are registered.
While some states are postponing their primary elections, Oregon Secretary of State Bev Clarno announced Thursday that the state’s May 19 primary will proceed as scheduled. “Because Oregon votes by mail we do not have to be concerned about social distancing issues at polling places that so many other states are struggling with,” Clarno’s office said in a statement.