Voter turnout up in Jefferson Co.

CHARLES TOWN – Jefferson County saw a voter turnout rate of about 63 percent in the 2012 General Election. Only four counties in West Virginia had higher turnout rates, according to a news release from Secretary of State Natalie Tennant’s office.

West Virginia’s overall turnout rate was 55 percent, well below the national rate of 59 percent.

Sparsely populated Pocahontas County had the highest turnout rate in the state at 70 percent. Lincoln County had the lowest turnout rate at 39 percent.

More than a fifth of total statewide votes were cast during the early voting period.

In statewide races, the gubernatorial race received the largest number of ballots, at 664,347. The race for attorney general garnered the second-highest number of ballots at 643,582.

Turnout rates tend to be at their highest during presidential election cycles.

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