UPDATE 11/9/10 @ 5:05 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- If a recount of votes is wanted by any candidate in the general election, they can now officially file.
All 55 counties in West Virginia have completed their canvasses of the 2010 general election.
Candidates now have 48 hours to request a recount from the time the final county in their district completes their canvass. If the 48 hour time period for any race expires on Veteran’s Day, those candidates will have until Friday, November 12 to request a recount.
For the canvass, Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant’s office sent representatives from the Elections Division and members of the Outreach staff to locations across West Virginia. Tennant’s representatives answered questions and aided in canvassing.
The times that counties completed their canvasses, and when the 48-hour recount period began, can be seen on the Secretary of State’s website at www.wvsos.com.
The County Commissioners in West Virginia serve as Boards of Canvassers. During canvass, provisional ballots are reviewed and a percentage of the precincts in each county are recounted to ensure accuracy.
During the 2010 general election, about 44 percent of West Virginians cast a ballot -- the highest turnout for a midterm election since 1994. The Secretary of State’s Office also reported about 108,000 people cast a ballot during the 15-day early voting period -- that is the most ever for a midterm election since early voting began in 2002.
Preliminary reports from the Secretary of State’s Office say about 535,152 people cast a ballot out of the state’s 1,216,023 registered voters.
According to the preliminary numbers, Lewis County saw the highest voter turnout, about 60.6 percent. Pocahontas County saw a voter turnout of about 59.4 percent.
Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Morgan, Pendleton, Pleasants, Preston, Putnam, Taylor, Tucker, and Upshur counties all saw voter turnout of over 50 percent.
The 44 percent voter turnout for the 2010 midterm election is higher than the 41.6 percent turnout in 2006, and the 42.3 percent in 2002. In fact, it is the highest voter turnout during a midterm election since 49.7 percent in 1994.
Preliminary county by county voter turnout numbers can be seen at the Secretary of State’s website at www.wvsos.com.