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Ohio County already seeing increase in early voting numbers compared to 2014

People have been early voting in West Virginia for just over a week now, and turnout numbers are impressive across the state.

People have been early voting in West Virginia for just over a week now, and turnout numbers are impressive across the state.

Early voting numbers in 2014 have already been surpassed in Ohio County in 2018 with a few big races on the ballot.

"If you compare apples to apples, the non-presidential years aren't usually as heavily-involved,” said Ohio County Commissioner Tim McCormick. “But, we're already 500 votes higher in early voting than we were in 2014.”

Back in 2014, just over 2,100 people used the opportunity to hit the polls early.

That number has already been surpassed, with about 2,630 people already exercising their ability to vote early.

McCormick thinks a big ballot has something to do with that.

"I truly think there's some races here that folks are really interested in. They're coming out to support those they are in favor of and those they're not in favor of, and I really think that's the big difference,” he said.

This may trend well when it comes to next Tuesday. With early voting numbers so high, Election Day turnout is expected to also be impressive.

"I have a feeling it will, yes. I think this is just the beginning, the tip of the iceberg, as they say. I hope it is -- I hope we have people -- I don't want people to have to stand in line, but I hope we have so many voters on Election Day that we surpass what we've done in the past,” McCormick said.

Speaking of standing in line, polls open at the Ohio County Courthouse at 6:30 am.

McCormick suggests getting in early and getting your civic duty done.

"Do what you normally do, but if you find your lines are a little bit long, you're getting reports of the lines being long, go to it. Get it taken care of so you don't have to stand in those lines a long period of time,” he said.

Early voting in Ohio County continues until 5 p.m. Saturday.

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