Voting numbers were up locally in the 2014 primary.
Nearly 1,000 more votes were cast than in the last off-year election in 2010, according to Wyoming County Clerk Mike Goode.
Early voting, which featured three new sites this year, nearly tripled over 2010.
There were 3,894 votes cast in the 2014 primary compared to 2,961 in 2010.
The increase was also signifigant in early voting: 1,035 in 2014, 349 in 2010.
This marked the first year that early voting was available at locations other than the Wyoming County Courthouse.
New sites were established at Oceana City Hall, Mullens City Hall and Hanover Public Library.
The primary marked the first time that all voting was electronic only.
“We haven’t heard any complaints,” Goode remarked.
Samantha Goode, an employee in the County Clerk’s office, said the voting machines are secure.
“Each machine is plugged into the wall,” she pointed out. “They are not connected to the Internet, so they can not be hacked.”
While numbers of voters were up, percentages were down, Mike Goode indicated.
He said the increase was probably attributable to people who registered in order to obtain a physical address.
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Photo: County Clerk Mike Goode (left) and Samantha Goode look over election vote totals from the 2014 primary.