TAYLOR COUNTY—After cases of Novel Coronavirus 2019 were reported in neighboring counties, Taylor County Clerk Georgianna Thompson made the decision to protect her staff from the possible threat and closed the doors to her office.
With the election quickly approaching, and no official word of its postponement, Thompson is urging all residents to log onto the West Virginia Secretary of State’s website, sos.wv.gov, to request and absentee ballot.
“We are trying to limit the exposure of residents to the threat of Coronavirus at the polls, and the best way to ensure you stay healthy, is to vote from your very own home,” she voiced.
Requesting an absentee ballot is a simple process, and to do so, folks can vote at their own leisure, leading up to Election Day.
In the wake of COVID-19, Secretary of State Mac Warner is also encouraging West Virginians to take advantage of absentee by mail and early voting options ahead of the May 12 Primary Election.
Absentee ballots may be obtained in two simple ways, online and through the mail.
Individuals may download and print the application from sos.wv.go. Additionally, forms may be obtained by calling or emailing the county clerk to request the application be mailed.
Once the form has been acquired, residents will need to complete it, making sure to check the first box for “Illness, injury or other medical reason which keeps me confined” in Section 4 of the application.
Applications may then be returned to the Taylor County Clerk’s Office by mail or email. All applications must be received by May 6.
Additionally, Thompson would like to remind residents that the deadline to register to vote in the May 12 election is April 21.
Thompson would also like to remind voters that beginning on Wednesday, April 29, individuals can head to the polls to cast their votes, during the early voting period. Early voting will continue until Saturday, May 9.
Thompson also revealed that her office is currently looking for poll workers.
“I know of some poll workers that will not be eligible to work this year, because their desire to run for one of the positions up for bid,” she said. “Per WV Code 3-1-28, for an individual to be eligible to work the polls, he or she cannot be a candidate on the ballot.”
She went on to explain that poll workers are first chosen from lists provided by executive committees, but after those workers have been assigned positions, she can start pulling from her list of interested individuals.
“If someone is interested in becoming a poll worker, I urge them to contact our office by phone at 304-265-1401,” commented Thompson.