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Voter Turnout Up on Tuesday Compared to Last Midterm Primary

Jesse Wright
West Virginia Public Broadcasting
A voter heads to the polls at Morgantown High School on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

West Virginia’s Tuesday primaries saw an increase in voter participation compared to the last midterm primary, according to data provided by the Secretary of State’s office.


Nearly 26 percent of registered voters made their way to the polls this time around. With a high-stakes senate race, congressional primaries and state-level seats on the ballot, more than 318,000 residents cast ballots in the 2018 primaries.


West Virginia has more than 1.2 million registered voters.


Tuesday’s numbers far surpassed that of the last midterm primary four years ago. Just more than 245,000 voters turned out for the primary in 2014, which was 20 percent of registered voters at the time.


This election marked the first statewide vote under West Virginia's new voter ID law.


A native of Washington, West Virginia, Dave Mistich joined West Virginia Public Broadcasting in October of 2012, as the Charleston Reporter. After bouncing around a variety of newsroom roles at WVPB, he now focuses on state-level politics and government, as well as breaking news. Dave plays on the world's best-worst softball team, Chico's Bail Bonds. He can be reached via email at dmistich@wvpublic.org and you can follow him on Twitter @davemistich.

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