CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's voter turnout may have hit an all-time low with this week's state primary.
Secretary of State Natalie Tennant estimates that around 166,000 residents cast ballots for Tuesday's election. More than 40,000 of those ballots came in during the in-person early voting period.
The total represents less than 14 percent of the state's registered voters, suggesting the lowest turnout for a primary election in at least a half-century.
Tennant had projected turnout at 25 percent, after factoring in Tuesday's rainy weather.
Pilot programs debuted during the primary that allowed some early voting away from county courthouses, and a secure Internet connection for military and overseas absentee voting. But Tennant is still disappointed with the turnout.