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 General Election Turnout Hits 44 Percent; Tennant Praises Election Workers Statewide

11/3/2010

    Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant said today about 44 percent of registered voters cast a ballot during the 2010 General Election. 

    Preliminary reports from the Secretary of State’s Office say about 535,152 people cast a ballot out of the state’s 1,216,023 registered voters. 

    According to the preliminary numbers, Lewis County saw the highest voter turnout, about 60.6 percent. Pocahontas County saw a voter turnout of about 59.4 percent. 

    Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Morgan, Pendleton, Pleasants, Preston, Putnam, Taylor, Tucker, and Upshur Counties all saw voter turnout of over 50 percent. 

    The 44 percent voter turnout for the 2010 midterm election is higher than the 41.6 percent turnout in 2006, and the 42.3 percent in 2002. 

    In fact, it is the highest voter turnout during a midterm election since 49.7 percent in 1994. 

    The increased Election Day voter turnout followed a very strong Early Voting period, when about 108,000 people cast a ballot. The number of people who cast a ballot during the October Early Voting period is the highest ever for a midterm election. 

    “I’m happy with the turnout – especially the early voting totals,” Secretary Tennant said. “About 20 percent of all votes cast were cast during the early voting period, and that’s never happened before.” 

    Secretary Tennant also praised the work of her staff, county clerks, and election officials around the state for running a smooth election despite several potential roadblocks. 

    “Look back to June when Senator Byrd died, just over four months ago. Since then lawmakers have had a special legislative session, completely changed the succession law for this particular case, and then election administrators around the state compressed the entire election process into just under a month. Then we as election administrators turn around and had a regularly scheduled election in November. I’m very proud of all the people who worked so hard to make it possible for West Virginians to have an election in which they could have full faith and confidence.” 

    Secretary Tennant also said she is happy that citizens were not distracted by what she called partisan and personal attacks on everything from ballot design to her application of the law passed by the legislature during the special session. 

    “A lot of times when there is so much political wrangling over our elections process people get turned off,” Tennant said. “I’m glad people could sort through all of it, see that we applied the law fairly, and ran an open and honest election. In the end, more than half a million people went to the polls, and I’m very happy about that.”
    

County

Gen10VR

Ballots Cast

%

Barbour

10254

4971

48.48%

Berkeley

62103

25123

40.45%

Boone

19017

6568

34.54%

Braxton

8563

3992

46.62%

Brooke

17362

7309

42.10%

Cabell

59521

26033

43.74%

Calhoun

5528

1794

32.45%

Clay

6292

2456

39.03%

Doddridge

4649

2372

51.02%

Fayette

25626

11263

43.95%

Gilmer

4549

2366

52.01%

Grant

8022

3574

44.55%

Greenbrier

24694

9949

40.29%

Hampshire

14196

6243

43.98%

Hancock

23094

10464

45.31%

Hardy

8431

3943

46.77%

Harrison

43282

22674

52.39%

Jackson

20952

9870

47.11%

Jefferson

33589

15687

46.70%

Kanawha

130300

60179

46.18%

Lewis

8777

5323

60.65%

Lincoln

19860

5181

26.09%

Logan

27574

9340

33.87%

Marion

41573

19009

45.72%

Marshall

21990

10676

48.55%

Mason

18769

7673

40.88%

McDowell

15254

4635

30.39%

Mercer

37736

15919

42.19%

Mineral

18568

8340

44.92%

Mingo

20528

7102

34.60%

Monongalia

56160

24523

43.67%

Monroe

9711

4180

43.04%

Morgan

11234

5642

50.22%

Nicholas

15725

7556

48.05%

Ohio

33301

14483

43.49%

Pendleton

5396

2765

51.24%

Pleasants

5090

2598

51.04%

Pocahontas

4765

2831

59.41%

Preston

19655

10211

51.95%

Putnam

37473

18961

50.60%

Raleigh

54689

21672

39.63%

Randolph

17572

8653

49.24%

Ritchie

7009

3099

44.21%

Roane

9601

4329

45.09%

Summers

8900

3923

44.08%

Taylor

10038

5111

50.92%

Tucker

5170

2763

53.44%

Tyler

6068

2808

46.28%

Upshur

13412

6871

51.23%

Wayne

29546

11343

38.39%

Webster

6003

2349

39.13%

Wetzel

12210

4942

40.48%

Wirt

4390

1779

40.52%

Wood

54267

26331

48.52%

Wyoming

17985

5401

30.03%

 

 

 

 

Statewide

1216023

535152

44.01%

Contact:

Jake Glance
(304) 558-6000
jglance@wvsos.com