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.

During 2020, the state has extended its absentee voting "medical reason" excuse requirement to all voters due to COVID-19. To vote by mail, your request for a ballot must be received by Oct. 28th. We recommend you apply early. The application period opens Aug.11th.

Vote-by-mail systems are different in every state. It is critical that you follow directions and pay attention to the details, or your ballot could be challenged or even tossed.

The signature on your ballot must match your DMV signature, or signature that is on file with your voter registration if you do not have a state-issued ID. If your signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed.

Here are some important things to know about voting by mail in West Virginia:

When you return your ballot, postage is prepaid. You do not need to add stamps.

Your state has a "postmark" deadline of Tuesday, November 3rd. To make the mandated postmark date, put the ballot into your home mailbox for collection at least one day prior to ensure it is picked up and processed. You can also drop the ballot off at the post office before the last posted collection time for the postmark deadline. You may also return your ballot via a delivery service, like FedEx or UPS, to ensure delivery date.

Your state does NOT offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot. Your ballot will be tossed if your signature does not match or you do not follow directions. Pay close attention to your state’s completed absentee ballot requirements so your vote is counted.

Your state offers electronic, barcode ballot tracking services so you can make sure your ballot gets counted. Click here to access.

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. 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.

Due to COVID-19, all voters may select "medical reason" as their excuse for requesting an absentee ballot.

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.