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Report: In record year for midterm election turnout, WV slips to 49th

By PHIL KABLER

Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In last year’s historic election that saw the highest national midterm voter turnout in 100 years, turnout in West Virginia increased, but dropped from 42nd to 49th in the nation, according to a new report.

The report from the Nonprofit VOTE organization, “America Goes to the Polls 2018: Voter Turnout and Election Policy in the 50 States,” found that, nationally, 50.3 percent of eligible voters went to the polls in 2018, “the highest midterm turnout since 1914 and the largest increase from a previous midterm in U.S. history.”

Nationally, voter turnout increased 13.6 percent from the 2014 midterms, as the 2018 elections became a referendum on the Trump presidency, the report notes.

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