Voting in
West Virginia

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How & Where to Vote

Find out where to vote, how to vote, how to vote early, and how to vote by mail.

Register to Vote

Register to vote in West Virginia, or learn more about voter ID & rights.

Election Details

Visit the West Virginia election website or call (304) 558-6000 to learn more about your states voting details.

Have more questions about voting?

Read our voting FAQ

Important Dates - Presidential Primary

Primary Election Date
Primary Registration Deadline (by mail)
Primary Type

Voting Information for West Virginia

Don’t miss your next election!

West Virginia will hold its state and presidential primary on May 12th. Due to COVID-19, the state has expanded its absentee ballot access for the May 12th election.  All registered voters will receive an application to request a ballot by mail the week of April 6th. The application for a ballot by mail must be received by May 6th.

New voters may register through April 21st and request an absentee ballot by the May 6th deadline.

Presidential Primaries

If you are registered with the Republican or Democratic party, you are only allowed to vote in their primaries. If you are unaffiliated with a political party, you may select either party’s ballot at the polls and remain unaffiliated.

See West Virginia Republican Party or Democratic Party sites for more details.

Statewide Primaries

Some congressional seats, state offices and constitutional amendments may be included on the ballot.

Find Your Representatives

Early Voting + Absentee Voting

Early Voting Dates: Apr. 29th to May 9th

You can vote in-person at your county clerk’s office from Apr. 29th to May 9th before the election. No excuse required.

To vote absentee by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot (click here). Your application must be received by May 6th. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be postmarked by the day before the election. The excuse requirement is wavied for the May 12th election due to COVID-19. Voters who are registered by the week of April 6th will receive an absentee ballot application in the mail as West Virginia tries to move to a by mail election due to the Coronavirus.

The absentee ballot application period opens 84 days before the election. You must submit an application for an absentee ballot by-mail for each election. Whether it’s in person or by mail, you’ll need to give an excuse to vote by absentee ballot. Info here on what qualifies.


Request Absentee Ballot

Voter ID + Eligibility for West Virginia

Do Voters Need ID?

  • Yes, voters need an ID
  • Multiple forms of ID accepted
  • First time voters need ID
  • Student IDs accepted

Voter Rights

Find out more about your rights in West Virginia.


  • The pre-registration age is 17
  • You can vote at age 17 in primary elections if you're 18 by the general election

Youth participation is affected by changing state legislation or party rules. If we are not up to date please let us know.