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    Early Voting in West Virginia Exceeds Levels of Previous Years - State Official

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    Secretary of state Natalie Tennant stated that early voting in the US state of West Virginia is heavier than in previous years.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) Early voting in the US state of West Virginia is heavier than in previous years, secretary of state Natalie Tennant told Sputnik.

    "We’ve had very good early voting turnout — 21,000 on the first day. For early voting, I’ll look at that even closer to the end of early voting, because sometimes early voting doesn’t necessarily turn into great voter turnout," Tennant said.

    Several days into the state’s early voting, so many West Virginians had taken part that Tennant predicted this year would eclipse past participation levels.

    "I think it’s superseding it; I think it’s much more," she said.

    Based on the numbers, Tennant expects "a fairly good turnout" on November 8, when the rest of the state’s voters come out to cast ballots in person.

    Early voting in West Virginia began Tuesday and runs through November 5, enabling people a chance to pick candidates at their convenience.

    A growing number of Americans have been opting to vote early, according to media reports. CBS News estimates that as many as 40 percent of votes in 2016 races will be submitted early.


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