Turnout Low for Local Elections

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email
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Turnout was not strong in Pendleton County on Tuesday. It ended up at just under 20 percent.

Even at 92-years-old, Charles Eye still went to the polls.

PENDLETON COUNTY, W Va. (WHSV) -- Turnout was not strong in Pendleton County on Tuesday. It ended up at just under 20 percent.

Linda Rexrode, the county clerk, said she didn't expect turnout to be very high based on the only 187 early and absentee votes.

She blames the low turnout partly on the fact that there's only one local contested race, which is for county commission.

Even though the statewide primaries are getting attention, it was a slow day at the polling place at the Pendleton County courthouse.

Stephanie Hand said she did not vote today, even though she typically does and she said she does plan on voting in November. She explained that she didn't feel obligated Tuesday and that she didn't know much about the candidates.

"I didn't feel like I had enough background on the subject. I'd like to make the subject more well known before I went out and voted. I didn't want to make a decision just because my parents thought that way," said Hand.

On the other side, for voters like Charles Eye, even though it's a midterm primary, he still said it's important to vote, "I'll soon be 93 years old, and as long as I can get out to vote, I'm going to go vote. If they want to talk about changing anything, they should come. Don't you think so?"

It's interesting to note, as far as early and absentee voting goes, the West Virginia Secretary of State's office reports the state set a record for a midterm primary; however, Rexrode said that was not the case in Pendleton County.

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