More Voters in W.Va.

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

The mountain state is seeing more election ballots than ever before.

A record number of West Virginians are registered to vote in this year's general election.

Betty Chidester has voted in every election since she was 18 years old.

Betty Chidester, voter: "I just think it's my duty."

A duty that more West Virginians are taking on than ever before.

"This has got a lot of publicity nationally and even locally, so that's encouraged more people to want to get out and have their voice heard," Jamie Six, Wood County Clerk, said.

And it's not just the hype of a presidential election that has voters flocking to the polls.
The number of registered voters in Wood County has increased six percent since the last presidential election.
And those same numbers have increased by 15 percent in Pleasants County.

"This can affect my life somehow," Shawn Nichols said.

Nichols is a first time voter and says this year's election is one he just couldn't miss out on.

"It's a controversial election between McCain and Obama. It's very much just a battle," Nichols said.

And voters of all ages are making sure they get a say in who comes out on top.

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