Calhoun County had the largest percentage of registered voters purged from county voter registration records, according to the WV Secretary of State.

"The Secretary of State's office has been proactive in updating the voter roles and assisted the counties in identifying voters who had not voted in the last two presidential elections," said Calhoun Clerk Jean Simers.

Often the state leads the nation in low voter turn-out.

"Those voters were cancelled in the State Voter Registration System (SVRS). Our office is diligent about cancelling voters who are deceased," said Simers.

The total of registered voters on January 1, 2017, was 5,944, indicating that voters that should have been removed had be accumulating for about 20 years.

Calhoun Clerk Jean Simers said 1,284 voters have been removed this year, leaving 4,702 registered voters.

Calhoun had the highest percentage of ineligible voters at 21 percent being removed in the state's 55 counties.

"Voter roll clean up consists of far more than removing "dead people" from the rolls. Voters are also removed if they have moved out of the county they registered in or the state, and we also track to ensure felons currently serving sentence are removed from the rolls," said Steven Allen Adams, with the Secretary of State's office.

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