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More Than 6,400 Northern Panhandle Residents Have Already Voted

WHEELING — More than 6,400 mail-in absentee ballots for the Nov. 3 general election have been received in Northern Panhandle counties, according to information released Friday by the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office.

Statewide, 81,177 absentee ballots have been submitted by voters, with 131,297 having been requested from county election offices. West Virginia boasts 1,247,346 registered voters.

Locally, 6,427 absentee ballots have been received thus far in the six Northern Panhandle counties, with 11,821 ballots requested.

In Ohio County, 4,730 absentee ballots have been requested.

But as of Friday, 2,151 had been returned. Ohio County has 30,537 registered voters.

“We are all caught up as of today,” said Toni Chieffalo, coordinator of elections in Ohio County. “We’re hoping we get a lot of them next week.”

There are 23,956 registered voters in Hancock County, and 2,257 of them have requested absentee ballots. Hancock County reports that 1,027 have been submitted so far.

Marshall County election officials have sent out 1,926 absentee ballots, and 1,315 of them have been returned. There are 20,990 registered voters in Marshall County.

In Brooke County, 1,069 absentee ballots have been returned of among 1,610 sent to voters, according to the data. Brooke County has 18,958 registered voters.

Wetzel County has had 859 absentee ballot requests, and 568 ballots returned. There are 10,068 registered voters in Wetzel County.

Tyler County has just 6,600 registered voters, and 439 of them have requested an early ballot. The county reports that 297 of them have been returned.

October 28 is the last day a voter can request an absentee ballot be mailed to them, and these must be mailed to them no later than the following day.

The absentee ballots may be returned by mail, or hand delivered to election offices.

The last day for election offices to accept hand-delivered absentee ballots is Nov. 2 — one day prior to the Nov. 3 election. Mailed-in ballots must be postmarked prior to Election Day.

Voters also continue to have the option of in-person voting, either by early voting, which starts Wednesday, or doing traditional voting at the polls on Election Day.

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