Making voting easier in West Virginia

We hear a lot about public officials engaging in “voter suppression” — that is, making it more difficult for some people to cast ballots.

Not in West Virginia. Here, a project by Secretary of State Mac Warner has made a big difference — in making it easier for many people to vote.

Last year, ours was the first state in the nation to try a mobile voting program West Virginians living overseas temporarily could use. They could cast ballots securely on smartphones.

A University of Chicago researcher has concluded the initiative increased voter turnout by 3-5 percentage points.

Of course, the system still needs improvements. Clearly, however, Warner is on the track.


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