Online Voting Pilot

 

Online voting pilot program sees high participation rate
Eighty-two percent of online ballots requested by West Virginia military and overseas voters were filled out and returned for the May primary elections, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant told state lawmakers Wednesday.

By Staff reports
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Eighty-two percent of online ballots requested by West Virginia military and overseas voters were filled out and returned for the May primary elections, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant told state lawmakers Wednesday.

That's compared to a statewide voter turnout of 23 percent, according to a news release.

As part of the West Virginia Uniformed Services and Overseas Citizen Online Voting Pilot Project, some voters could cast their ballots through a secure Internet connection.

Residents from five counties -- Jackson, Kanawha, Marshall, Monongalia, and Wood -- were eligible for the pilot program. In comparison to the online voting rate, only about 40 percent of voters in those counties who requested an absentee ballot by mail returned it.

Tennant says she is pleased with the high online participation rate, and that her office would continue to reach out to overseas voters to inform them about the option for the general election in November.