W.Va. secretary of state hopes to offer mobile voting again
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner says he’s hoping to offer mobile voting for military and overseas voters again in the 2020 elections.
Warner’s office said the state has successfully launched the nation’s first such mobile voting pilot. The office said in a news release Thursday that in last November’s election, 144 registered West Virginia voters from 21 counties cast ballots from 31 different countries.
Warner said he wasn’t able to vote when he was deployed in 2012 and 2014 because of unreliable mail service and alternative transmission methods.
The release cites a report from the Federal Voting Assistance Program that says estimated overseas voter participation in the 2016 presidential election was 6.9 percent, compared with 72 percent for voting age citizens living in the U.S.