Emergency absentee ballots may be accepted following vote in House of Delegates


West Virginia is on the verge of fixing a major flaw in the election system that has denied certain people the right to vote. 

The House of Delegates unanimously approved the ‘Ardella Miller Memorial Act.’

The bill is named after the late-mother of Boone County delegate Rodney Miller. 

Ardella Miller was denied the right to vote by emergency absentee ballot in the May primary of 2018. Unfortunately, she would die 12 days later. 

However, if Ms. Miller was treated at a hospital, assisted-living facility, or hospice, she would have been given a ballot. 

“She wanted to help people,” said Miller. “She wanted to have a voice. So having to tell her that she didn’t have the ability to do that, or wasn’t permitted, that was a blow to her. She’d worked in elections. [She] had voted in every election since she became old enough to vote.

If approved by the Senate, the law will allow emergency absentee ballots to those seriously ill or in “late-stage of life medical care” while at home. 

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