Roughly 3,400 Cast Early Votes

VOTE?TOTALSWHEELING – About 3,400 Northern Panhandle residents took advantage of West Virginia’s early voting system for this year’s primary election by casting their ballots before the 5 p.m. Saturday deadline.

“We’ve been a little busy today, but it is still pretty light,” Ohio County poll worker Polly Karr said Saturday while tabulating the early vote totals.

Early voting concluded Saturday, after it began April 30. For regular voting, polls are open throughout West Virginia from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Following this, officials will count all regular votes, early votes and absentee votes to determine the winners for each race.

In Ohio County, 1,024 voters cast early ballots. Despite rainy and humid weather Saturday, 126 residents came to the City-County Building in downtown Wheeling to vote on the final day.

In Marshall County, 835 voters participated by Saturday afternoon. In Wetzel County, 552 voters took advantage of the early balloting system.

Tyler County officials recorded 231 early votes. There were 331 early voters in Brooke County.

Hancock County officials saw 420 voters turnout by 5 p.m. Saturday.