WV early voting, cast absentee ballots passes 2016 election

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginians have already cast more early voting and absentee ballots combined than the 2016 presidential election.

According to the secretary of state’s office, there had been more than 114,000 absentee ballots casts while about 126,000 people voted early as of Tuesday. Four years ago, there were a total of about 226,000 early voting and absentee ballots cast for the general election. Nearly 93% of those were from early voting.

Early voting for next Tuesday’s election ends Saturday. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Wednesday. West Virginia has about 1.27 million registered voters.

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