Early Voting Numbers Increase; Satellite Precinct Counties See Big Jump In Turnout
Charleston, W.Va. – More than 40,000 West Virginians cast ballots during the early voting period in 2010, and the two counties that offered satellite precincts saw marked increases in turnout.
In Monroe County, people could vote at the county courthouse in Union as well as a satellite precinct at the Peterstown Town Hall. Voter turnout increased nearly three fold, from 271 in 2006 to 617 in 2010.
In Jackson County, where people could vote at the county courthouse as well as a satellite precinct in Ravenswood, 953 people voted early. During the 2006 midterm primary, only 517 people voted early.
All told 40,493 people voted early in West Virginia. During the early voting period of the last mid-term primary in 2006 just 25,496 people voted early.
“I am very happy with this increased turnout,” Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant said. “This just shows that even during a mid-term election there are West Virginians who truly care about the direction this state and country are taking. And I think you really have to look at the increased voter turnout in the counties where the clerks offered satellite voting locations. Hopefully more counties will come on board in the future. And I hope we see a huge turnout on Election Day.”
Election Day in West Virginia is May 11. Polls open at 6:30AM and close at 7:30PM.
Tennant has said she expects a voter turnout of between 30-35%.