CHARLESTON,W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant reported today that West Virginia’s unofficial voter turnout was 40 percent with 487,550 ballots cast. This number includes ballots cast in 54 of 55 counties. Unofficial voter turnout in the 2012 primary election was 27 percent, and was 36 percent in the 2008 primary election.
The voter canvass begins Monday. More information on the canvass and recount process can be found here.
Tennant thanked local election officials for their hard work leading up to Primary Election Day, saying their months of dedication resulted in a smooth election.
“This year’s primary election ballot was longer than usual and while we did hear reports of some longer lines, we also heard reports of very smooth experiences in the majority of precincts,” Tennant said. “Elections take a great deal of preparation and I’m thankful for statewide election workers’ dedication to our democratic process.”
Secretary Tennant reminded citizens that if they feel their voting rights have been violated they can contact the Secretary of State’s Office at (304) 558-6000 or 1-866-SOS-VOTE. The Voter’s Bill of Rights is available here.