A total of 4,166 Kanawha County voters cast early ballots in the special school and library levy election.
The turnout wasn't nearly has high as it would be for an election with candidates for office, such as a presidential election, said Kanawha County Deputy Clerk Pat Fisher.
"For a levy election, it could be about what you'd expect," she said of the final turnout.
Early voters represented about 3 percent of Kanawha County's 134,000 registered voters. The early voting period ended Wednesday evening, and had been available for 10 days.
County Clerk Vera McCormick previously estimated a total turnout of about 9 percent at a Kanawha County Commission meeting on Oct. 29.
The actual election for the school and library property tax is tomorrow, Nov. 9. Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. All regular polling places will be open, with the exception of Precinct 152 in Marmet. Because the Marmet Recreation Center had already been rented out for the day, voting will take place at Marmet's town hall for voters in Precinct 152.
Commission President Kent Carper said the clerk's office is ready to go for the election, and he anticipates the results of the levy vote should be available before 10 p.m. Saturday.
"I'm confident the election process will go smoothly," he said.
Carper also said he wanted to remind county residents of the importance of the vote, and addressed the subject in a statement to media sent later Thursday afternoon.
"I understand that this is a Special Election and many may not feel that it is important to get out and vote during the school board and library levy election," Carper said in the statement.
"However, if you want 3.1 percent of voters to make your decision for you, then please stay home. If you want your voice heard, then I ask that you join me and get out and vote on Saturday, Nov. 9!"
Although Carper had previously criticized the school board's decision to hold the election on a Saturday, he said he would be voting for the levy. He joined other elected officials, including Charleston Mayor Danny Jones, in supporting it.
However, others, including the Upper Kanawha Valley Mayors Association, South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens and School Board President Pete Thaw have expressed opposition to the levy.