Early voting in West Virginia draws more than 68,000 voters

The West Virginia Secretary of State's Office says more than 68,000 votes were cast during the early voting period in the state that wrapped up Saturday. (WCHS/WVAH)

More than 68,000 voters cast ballots during the early voting period that closed Saturday in West Virginia, a substantial increase over the last midterm election in 2014.

The Secretary of State’s Office said in a news release that 68,391 registered voters took advantage of the early voting period that began April 25. Officials said the total is a 51 percent increase over the early voter turnout in the last mid-term election in 2014 when 45,143 voters went to the polls early.

Kanawha County led the state with 6,809 early votes, while Cabell County had 3,043 and Putnam County had 2,112.

“Regardless of your party or political affiliation, we are encouraging registered voters who didn’t vote early to get out and vote on Tuesday,” Secretary of State Mac Warner said in the news release.

Polls for the primary election on Tuesday, May 8, open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.

Below is a county-by-county breakdown of unofficial early voting totals in all 55 counties:

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