With 22 days until Election Day, county clerks are gearing up to pull off what will be their sixth statewide election in three years.
"We have been busy," said Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick. "We haven't stopped."
"It seems like it's strengthening up and getting pretty busy," Putnam County Clerk Brian Wood said. "The closer it gets, the more intense it gets."
Ahead of each election, county clerks have to guide voters through a precise calendar of deadlines leading up to the actual day people go to the polls and vote.
The first of those deadlines for this election cycle comes Tuesday - the last day for new voters to register to vote in the Nov. 6 election.
As that deadline looms, Wood is seeing a late surge in the number of people coming in to register.
"We had 12 people register to vote between 4 and 7 p.m. Thursday," he said. "We've seen a pickup. You usually don't have 12 people come in to register in that short of a time."
Wood said he thought the presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney two weeks ago, and with the vice-presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Republican Paul Ryan, increased voter interest in early October.
But while Wood has seen an increase ahead of the deadline, on a statewide basis, new voter registration totals are down when compared to the last presidential election cycle.
According to Secretary of State Natalie Tennant's office, 47,717 new voters registered across the state between January and September of this year. That's down 25.7 percent from the 64,258 during the same time frame in 2008.
Despite a drop in registrations, McCormick thinks voter turnout this year will be about the same as 2008.
"I look for a good turnout," McCormick said.
Her office had processed about 1,000 absentee ballot requests as of Friday, less than half the 2,300 ballots it sent out last year. Voters still have until Oct. 31 to request absentee ballots, and McCormick thinks the number will hit 2,300 by then.
Statewide, voters requested 17,598 absentee ballots in 2008. Only 15,263 were returned.
So far this year, voters have requested 8,601 absentee ballots, with 2,811 ballots returned so far. About 51 percent of those returned are from Democrats, 38 percent are from Republicans and about 11 percent are from voters with no party affiliation.