Counties see larger than expected turnout for first day of early voting

PRINCETON, WV (WOAY) – Early voting began in the state today, with a higher turnout than expected in some counties. 

A low turnout was expected because of the wide availability of absentee voting, but some counties are seeing more voters than expected.

In Mercer County for instance, County Clerk Verlin Moye says they are seeing a higher turnout than originally expected, with roughly 500 people voting.

“I think today we’re gonna have at least 500 voters at all of our four locations. So that’s probably above average of what we typically do in a primary, so there seems to be a lot of interest in it this time around this year,” Moye said.

There are four precincts in Mercer, located at The Bluefield Auditorium, Four Seasons Answering Service, Covenant Baptist Church and the County Courthouse.

Early voting will continue until this Saturday, May 30, at 5 P.M.