CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner said more than 22,000 high school students were registered to vote as a part of an 18-month initiative.
Warner and his staff held 140 voter registration drives across the state to get 66,748 new West Virginians on the books, according to a news release from the Secretary of State's Office.
“Our county clerks and their staff members have been doing an excellent job of making it as easy as possible to register to vote. They are on the front line, and I give them all of the credit,” Warner said.
County clerks also have focused on registering high school students. Warner credited high school administrators, teachers and civic engagement groups such as Inspire-WV for the success of the registration effort.
“We need to encourage our young adults to register to vote and then to participate in elections. If they have a voice in their state and local government, perhaps they’ll be encouraged to stay here in West Virginia,” Warner said.
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Below is a breakdown of high school senior voter registrations in West Virginia during the initiative: