CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia election officials say they are expanding vote-by-mail options to increase primary election turnout in response to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

Secretary of State Mac Warner on Wednesday said his office will ramp up the state’s absentee ballot system to allow people who are worried about getting the virus to cast their votes by mail in the May 12 primary.

He encouraged voters to apply for an absentee ballot on the secretary of state’s website. Health officials Wednesday also announced a second confirmed case of the virus in the state, an individual from Mercer County. The first case was announced Tuesday, someone from Jefferson County. Both positive cases are travel related.

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