West Virginia’s Tuesday primaries saw an increase in voter participation compared to the last midterm primary, according to data provided by the Secretary of State’s office.
Nearly 26 percent of registered voters made their way to the polls this time around. With a high-stakes senate race, congressional primaries and state-level seats on the ballot, more than 318,000 residents cast ballots in the 2018 primaries.
West Virginia has more than 1.2 million registered voters.
Tuesday’s numbers far surpassed that of the last midterm primary four years ago. Just more than 245,000 voters turned out for the primary in 2014, which was 20 percent of registered voters at the time.
This election marked the first statewide vote under West Virginia's new voter ID law.