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Early voting turnout thrives

Nov. 01, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Just one day after a winter blast knocked out power at one of Cabell County's early voting locations, more that 1,100 people cast their ballots in the county.

Approximately, 4,666 people have voted in Cabell County since West Virginia's early voting period began last week. That total has contributed to the 86,862 voters who already have taken part in this year's general election.

In Cabell County, voters can cast an early ballot at two locations, as the Cabell County Sheriff's Field Office in Ona is serving for the first time as a satellite polling location.

The satellite office and the Cabell County Courthouse will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3 -- which is the last day for early voting.

The courthouse is located between 7th and 8th streets and 4th and 5th avenues in Huntington. The satellite location is at 2726 Howell's Mill Road in Ona.

More than 7,600 ballots have been cast in counties surrounding Cabell: 1,258 in Wayne, 3,756 in Putnam, 1,700 in Mason and 924 in Lincoln.

The Associated Press reported that more than 153,000 people voted during the early voting period during the 2008 General Election, which accounted for almost 22 percent of all of the votes cast in that election.

Even though the early voting period has been shortened since then, Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant has said she expects voter turnout to be strong.

The General Election is next Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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