CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK)- – Election day is Tuesday but a record number of West Virginians have already cast their ballots during early voting. Secretary Mac Warner said he saw a 51% increase compared to the last midterm election in 2014. County Clerk Vera McCormick saw about the sam increase in Kanawha County.
Hundreds of poll workers and county employees are busy, making last minute preparations for election day.
“We have 20 trucks out taking all the equipment to the precincts so they’ll be there in the morning when our poll workers get there,” McCormick explained.
McCormick said thousands of Kanawha County voters already cast a ballot at the six new early voting locations, on new voting machines.
“We had one little old lady that never voted before, she came in and she was so excited so was crying. So overall it went very well,” McCormick told 13 News.
While it’s only the first year trying early voting locations McCormick said she believes it’s made a difference. The last midterm election had about 4,400 early voters, this year had more than 6,500.
“We had more at Cross Lanes then any of them. It’s a busy area out there, we’ve got schools and stuff out there, and I think a lot of teachers I think came over to vote,” McCormick added.
Secretary Mac Warner said he’s seen a similar trend statewide, with midterm early voting up more than 50%.
“It’s been an interesting election, particularly the Senate race has got a lot of attention nationally,” Secretary Warner said.
Now Warner turns his attention to the primary, staying vigilant to stop any potential fraud or tampering with the election.
“We have National Guard assets watching the cyber security of this election. We also, from the fraud perspective we have investigators in the field. We also have about 20 folks from our office and field reps that are going to be out visiting polls,” Secretary Warner added.
Polls are open 6:30am-7:30pm. Voters should remember voter identification. Click here for a full list of acceptable ID.