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More Than 10,000 New Teen Voters Registered in W.Va. Last Year

A young voter exits a polling place.
Jesse Wright
West Virginia Public Broadcasting
A young voter exits a polling place.

More than 15,600 high school seniors in West Virginia registered to vote during the 2018-2019 school year.

The majority of those newly registered high school voters came out of Kanawha and Berkeley Counties – both seeing more than 1,000 young new voters, according to a news release from the Secretary of State’s Office.

Secretary of State Mac Warner said voter registration in most West Virginia high schools is a student-led effort and said this large number of new registrations is an “incredible accomplishment in such a short period of time.”

To date, a total of 128,704 West Virginians, of all ages, have registered to vote since 2017. Of those, 36,000 were high school seniors when they registered.

To see a list with the breakdown of high school voter registration by county during the 2018-2019 academic year, click here. The list is courtesy of the West Virginia Secretary of State's Office.

Webmaster/Eastern Panhandle Bureau Chief/Part-time Education Reporter/Producer, emccormick@wvpublic.org, 304-876-9313, @LizMcCormickWV

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