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Without extra money from the state, Lincoln County Clerk Direl Baker thought it was a “foregone conclusion” that no one would be mailing absentee ballot applications to West Virginia voters for the 2020 General Election.

It wasn’t until Lincoln County commissioners asked him if he could do it earlier this summer, telling him they had the money to pay for it, that he realized it even was an option.

Reach Lacie Pierson at

lacie.pierson@wvgazettemail.com,

304-348-1723 or follow

@laciepierson on Twitter.

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