Charleston, W.Va. – A West Virginia military or overseas voter who has requested an absentee ballot can make sure their request was received by their county clerk and make sure their ballot was sent to them.
And they can do it quickly and easily. All they need to do is log on to the West Virginia Secretary of State’s website at www.wvsos.com.
It’s the latest in Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant’s effort to make the election process more transparent and government more engaging.
To use the new feature, any absentee voter enters his or her name and date of birth into a database. In addition to when their absentee ballot request was received and when their ballot was sent out, an absentee voter can also make sure their ballot was received by their county clerk and counted.
The feature is especially useful to absentee voters under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) – deployed military and overseas citizens who cannot simply pick up a telephone and call their county clerk’s office.
“This is extremely important for our military and overseas citizens who want to exercise their right to vote,” Secretary Tennant said. “People who are halfway around the world can see for themselves that their absentee ballot application was definitely received and that it was definitely sent to them. And the best part is that they can make sure their ballot made it back to their county clerk and that their vote was counted. It offers peace of mind and confidence in the election process. What it really is all about is making sure that ballots cast by registered voters are counted, no matter where in the world they may be on Election Day.”
On August 19, 2011, county clerks could begin sending out absentee ballots for the upcoming special gubernatorial election set for October 4. The last day to request an absentee ballot is September 28.
Early voting for the 2011 special gubernatorial general election begins on September 21. Voters can cast their ballot early at their courthouse or courthouse annex during regular business hours.
Early voting will also be available on Saturday, September 24 and October 1. October 1 is also the final day of early voting.
Voting will be available at precincts around the state on October 4, 2011 from 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM.