Find out where to vote, how to vote, how to vote early, and how to vote by mail.
Register to vote in West Virginia, or learn more about voter ID & rights.
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.
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.
Some congressional seats, state offices and constitutional amendments may be included on the ballot.
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.