Charleston, W.Va. – With 54 of 55 counties reporting West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant said that 44,547 people cast their ballot during the early voting period, setting a record for a midterm primary election.
“These numbers prove that even with a shortened early voting period, this option continues to be very convenient for West Virginians,” Secretary Tennant said. “We have seen the number of people taking advantage of early voting increase from just 14,000 in 2002 to more than 44,000 this year. Hopefully we see this trend continue into Election Day with a high voter turnout.”
Secretary Tennant added that 2,286 absentee ballots have been returned voted to county clerks, for a total of 46,833.
In the 2010 primary there were 40,557 early votes and absentee ballots cast during the early voting period; in 2006 that number was 25,851; and in 2002 that number was 14,522.
Election Day is Tuesday, May 13. Polls will be open in West Virginia from 6:30AM to 7:30PM.
Secretary Tennant is also reminding residents if they feel their voting rights have been violated or if they believe they have witnessed an election law violation to contact the Secretary of State’s Office immediately at (304) 558-6000 or 1-866-SOS-VOTE.