Attorney General Morrisey, Secretary of State, alerts voters to signs of absentee voter fraud
April 26, 2020
By Christina Kass, WVVA
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, in conjunction with Secretary of State Mac Warner, issued an alert to West Virginia voters Thursday, April 25th, concerning the increased potential of election fraud due to broad access to absentee ballots for the June 9 primary election.
The leaders’ concerns largely relate to the ability of fraudsters to steal or manipulate absentee ballots now that more people will use a mail-in, absentee ballot due to social distancing concerns driven by the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Secretary Warner, each voter should generally receive a ballot within a week to 10 days of submitting his or her absentee application.
Otherwise, voters should contact their county clerk as such a delay may indicate someone might have stolen the ballot from the voter’s mailbox.
Fraudsters also may submit an absentee ballot application in the name of a recently deceased person and then steal the ballot from the mailbox upon delivery.
Other criminals may target senior voters, especially at nursing homes, senior living facilities or apartment complexes, by going door to door in convincing efforts to get the senior to vote in a specific manor.
Individuals wanting to manipulate a voter during the completion of an absentee ballot may offer to “assist” senior and/or handicapped voters by physically marking the ballot for them, while casting votes for the fraudster’s choice over that of the voter.
The Attorney General and Secretary of State recommended that no one should accept assistance in marking their ballot unless they know and completely trust the person offering the assistance.
Even then, the helper should mark the ballot in front of the voter and sign the affidavit on the absentee ballot envelope.
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