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Thousands Cast Ballots on First Day of Early Voting

A young voter exits a polling place.

In the first day of early voting, the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office says 24, 251 people have cast their ballots at polling places across the state.

Early voting began Wednesday and lasts through Saturday November 5. Polling sites will be open Saturday, October 29, as well.

During this year’s primary election, a record number of voters cast their ballots during the early voting period.

Sixty-three thousand voters turned out to vote early in the 2016 primary which was up from 36 thousand votes during the 2012 early primary voting period, the last time the country voted for a president.

Across the country, early vote totals are hitting record setting highs.

Some states, like California and Texas, saw more ballots cast in the first day of early voting than in the entire early voting periods of previous elections.