Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

May 8, 2013

Census figures ranks W.Va. last for 2012 voting


Associated Press

CHARLESTON — New U.S. Census Bureau figures suggest that West Virginia saw the lowest voter turnout among states in November.

Survey results released Wednesday rank the state last for the number of 2012 General Election voters measured against citizens eligible to vote.

The Census Bureau surveyed households across the country. It also found that blacks nationally voted in 2012 at higher rates than whites, in a historic first. Despite increasing population, the number of white voters declined for the first time since 1996.

West Virginia has among the smallest non-white populations among the states. As a result, Census Bureau officials could not calculate a reliable turnout rate for those voters.

U.S. non-white voters aided President Barack Obama’s re-election. The Democrat received less than 36 percent of the West Virginia vote.