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West Virginia cleaning up voting files

CHARLESTON — Secretary of State Mac Warner announced Wednesday, his office, working with all 55 county clerks, has removed 253,263 voter files statewide, which he said were the result of efforts to identify abandoned registrations from dead voters, felons, duplicate records and people who have left West Virginia.

“West Virginia’s voting rolls have never been cleaner and more accurate than they are today,” Warner said. “The dedication to accuracy from our county clerks while applying multi-agency list comparisons to track abandoned registrations has resulted in the most accurate voting rolls in our state’s history.”

At the same time, Warner said that his office and the county clerks implemented a public education effort that emphasized voter registration, especially for young people and newcomers to the state. Warner said county clerks have registered 242,044 new voters over the last four years, including more than 65,000 eligible high school students.

As of Feb. 11, 2021, West Virginia has 1,219,542 registered voters, according to information provided by Warner’s office.

In Brooke County, there currently are 19,143 total registerd voters, comprised of 8,561 Democrats, 5,885 Republicans, 23 Mountain Party voters, 127 Libertarians, with 4,027 registering with no party affiliation and 520 listed as “other” affiliations.

Hancock County has 24,307 registered voters, with 10,016 Democrats, 8,506 Republicans, 28 Mountain Party voters, 170 Libertarians, 5,143 with no party affiliation, and 444 listed as “other.”

“Eligible West Virginia citizens can now register to vote or update their current registration online anytime,” Warner said. “Our website allows voters 24-hour-a-day access to voter registration in all 55 counties.”

To register to vote or to find more information on elections in West Virginia, visit GoVoteWV.com.

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