High W. Va. Voter Turnout Indicated Early

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Voter turnout could be high in West Virginia if early voting numbers are any indication.

More than 100,000 voters cast their ballots in early voting leading up to Tuesday’s primary, which is more than any other year since early voting was first allowed in 2002.

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant told media that officials know residents are excited about voting this year with so many races on the ballot, including presidential contests, a Democratic showdown for governor and a winner-take-all state Supreme Court race.

Tennant said 100,962 people voted early. Another 5,252 turned in absentee ballots. She said the state had a total of 106,214 ballots cast before people began heading to the polls.

Previous early voting numbers ranged from around 40,000 people to nearly 66,000.