CHARLESTON, W.Va. — More than 86,000 names were removed from the active voter registration rolls in West Virginia in 2017, Secretary of State Mac Warner said Wednesday.
Warner’s office released a report on voter registration numbers. Warner took office last January.
Warner’s elections division staff working with clerks in all 55 counties cancelled 86,403 deceased, outdated, duplicate and convicted felon voter registration files in the past year.
There were just more than 45,000 new voters registered in the last year, 14,000 of those were high school students.
According to the report, as of Dec. 31, 2017, the state had more than 1.2 million registered voters. Just more than 43 percent were registered Democrat, 32 percent Republican and 21.4 percent unaffiliated.
Kanawha County has the most registered voters at 141,466 with Wirt County having the least at 4,219.
Cabell (8,025) and Berkeley (7,525) counties cancelled the most outdated registrations. Berkeley (4,391) and Kanawha (3,928) had the most new registrations in 2017.