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.

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Important Dates - General Election

11/3/2020
General Election Date
10/13/2020
Mail Registration Deadline (received by)

Voting Information for West Virginia

Don’t miss your next election!

The voter registration deadline for West Virginia is Oct. 13th. If you would prefer to vote by mail, you may do so by excuse only and your request must be received by Oct. 28th. We recommend you apply early. The application period opens Aug.11th.

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.

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Early Voting + Absentee Voting

Early Voting Dates: Oct. 21st-Oct. 31st

You can vote in-person at your county clerk’s office from Oct. 21st to Oct. 31st 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 Oct. 28th. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be postmarked by the day before the election. At this time an excuse is required to vote absentee by-mail for the general election.

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.

 

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Voter ID + Access 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

More Chances to Register


Your state does not offer additional voter registration options outside of the deadlines listed above.

Pre-registration

  • 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.