Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginians are registering to vote in numbers not seen since the 2008 Presidential election. In the last six weeks thousands of people have registered to vote in the special United States Senate primary election, West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant’s office announced today.
From June 28 to August 9 a total of 5,808 people registered to vote, according to the Secretary of State’s Statewide Voter Registration System.
That includes 2,062 Democrats and 1,538 Republicans. 179 people registered as members of the Mountain Party or another political party.
2,029 people registered with no party affiliation.
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The last day to register to vote in the special primary was August 9. Registration applications are still coming in. No matter where a citizen registered to vote, if the registration is time stamped on August 9 and they meet other voter registration requirements, they will be eligible to cast a ballot during the special primary.
In the same time period last year, 4,194 people registered to vote. In 2008, a Presidential election year, 5,876 registered to vote from June 28 to August 9.
There are about 1.2 million registered voters in West Virginia.
Fourteen candidates - 10 Republicans, three Democrats, and one Mountain Party - have filed to run for the vacant United States Senate seat. Senator Robert C. Byrd died on June 28 after more than 50 years of service in Congress.
The special primary election to fill the unexpired term left following the death of Senator Byrd is set for Saturday, August 28, 2010. Polls will be open from 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM on August 28.
Early voting will be held from Friday, August 20 to Wednesday, August 25. There will be no early voting on Sunday, August 22.
The general election for this office will take place with the normally scheduled November 2, 2010 election.