WV Secretary of State certifies election results

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WV Secretary of State Mac Warner on Inside West Virginia Politics, February 9, 2020.

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner has officially certified the state’s election results for the 2020 General Election.

Warner said more West Virginians voted in this election than any election in the state’s history. According to Warner’s office, 802,726, or 63.5 percent, of West Virginia’s 1,269,219 registered voters participated in the Nov. 3 election.

According to Warner, 408,145 votes, or 51 percent of all votes, were cast prior to election day between 145,133 absentee ballots and 263,012 early votes. He said in previous general elections, the state saw fewer than 7,000 people vote by absentee ballot.

Warner said his office worked closely with county clerks to securely implement a strategy to ensure voter participation was safe during challenges caused by the pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to think outside the box. Our objectives have been to guarantee every legally registered voter has had both the right and the opportunity to cast their vote in the June primary and the November general elections,” Warner said.

The Secretary of State also said 1,562 people participated in the state’s electronic voting, including 271 voters with disabilities and 1,291 military and overseas voters.

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