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Rain cuts turnout for primary election

May 11, 2010

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- Turnout for the primary election apparently has been dampened by the rainy weather conditions. Berkeley County Clerk John W. Small Jr. said Tuesday afternoon that he initially expected 25 to 30 percent of the county's registered voters would to go to the polls on Tuesday given contested races for State Senate, County Council and school board. But Small has since lowered that projection to about 15 percent and indicated that the number of ballots could be even lower. Poll workers on Tuesday have reported low turnout across the county, Small said.

In 2006, the last non-presidential election, only 14 percent of Berkeley County's registered voters went to the polls, ranking last among the state's 55 counties. There are a little more than 60,000 registered voters in Berkeley County, according to the county's voters registration office.

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