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More Than 33,000 West Virginians Have Cast Ballots
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Oct. 22, 2012 11:39 AM EDT
Updated: Oct. 26, 2012 3:38 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
More than 33,000 West Virginians already have cast ballots for the Nov. 6 general election, and Secretary of State Natalie Tennant said another 7,500 absentee ballots already have been returned.
More than 17,700 ballots had been cast by Democrats as of Thursday, while slightly more than 11,000 were by Republicans.
The remaining votes cast by independent, unaffiliated and minor-party voters.
Early voting began Wednesday continues through 5 p.m. Nov. 3.
The polls will be open on Saturdays to encourage turnout.
In 2008, more than 153,000 people cast early ballots for the general election. The Secretary of State's Office said that nearly 22 percent of all votes cast, and it helped lift overall turnout to 58.7 percent.
The first day of early voting in Kanawha County outpaced the first day of early voting in 2008 by nearly 600 ballots.
County Clerk Vera McCormick said Thursday that 1,290 voters participated in early voting on Wednesday, the first official day of early voting in West Virginia. In 2008, 700 Kanawha County voters cast ballots during the first official day of early voting.
Four years ago during the election cycle, a total of 16,000 people voted by absentee and early voting ballots. McCormick said she expects to exceed that total this year.
Early voting opened Wednesday in West Virginia, and some Kanawha County residents jumped at the opportunity.
Voting was brisk Wednesday morning at the Kanawha County Voter Registration Office, where a lane of traffic on Quarrier Street next to the Courthouse Annex is blocked off for voters to park.
Hours for early voting at the Kanawha County Voter Registration Office will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Nov. 3.
The Voter Registration Office is located at 415 Quarrier St.
Residents can check the early voting hours in their county on the Secretary of State's website at www.wvsos.com .
County Clerk Vera McCormick said there were 16,000 absentee ballots during the early voting period. She expects more people to take advantage of the opportunity this year.
Kanawha and Cabell county voters itching to get to the ballot box have their opportunity starting this week as early voting begins Wednesday and runs through Nov. 3.
In Kanawha County, the Voter Registration Office, located at 415 Quarrier St., will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to a news release from the Voter Registration Office.
“I urge everyone to take advantage of early voting and to remind voters that if they don’t early vote, they can go to their assigned precinct on Election Day and vote,” Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick said.
Hours for early voting in Kanawha County are from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday; and 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Nov. 3.
Meanwhile, in Cabell County, early voting will be available in two locations, the Cabell County Clerk’s Office at the courthouse, Suite 108, and the Cabell County Field Office, 2726 Howell’s Mill Road, Ona.
Early voting will be offered in Cabell Wednesday, Oct. 24, through Nov. 3. Hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Nov. 3.
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