WINFIELD, W.Va. -- Putnam County residents out of the country during the state's upcoming elections will be able to vote online, county commissioners said Tuesday.
The new system of Internet voting is part of a state-funded project designed to let overseas voters participate in their home county's election more easily, according to a memorandum from Secretary of State Natalie Tennant.
"This is a comprehensive plan to make sure our service men and women and people overseas can exercise their rights as Americans," Tennant said in the memo.
Participating voters will be given a security code and a link to Tennant's website, where they enter the code and fill out a ballot. The ballots are then submitted electronically to the voter's county.
"This would be the only form of Internet voting I would support," Putnam County Clerk Brian Wood said at Tuesday's meeting.
Wood later acknowledged that online voting comes with risks, but said he supports the use of Internet ballots for military personnel.
"If anyone has a right to vote it should be those fighting for our freedoms to vote," he said.
The state has provided money for counties to pay for the online voting system on a first-come, first-served basis, Wood said.