Voting in West Virginia

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Election Dates

11/08/2022
General Election Date
10/18/2022
Voter Registration Deadline (online, in-person, by mail - postmarked)

Vote By Mail Deadlines

11/02/2022
Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
11/08/2022
Deadline to Return Ballot (Postmarked By)

Early Voting Dates

10/26/2022
Early Voting Begins
11/05/2022
Early Voting Ends

Polling place hours: 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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How to Vote in West Virginia

Learn about all the options to vote in West Virginia to make a plan to vote that works for you!

Frequently Asked Questions

West Virginia Board of Elections Phone Number: (304) 558-6000

West Virginia Board of Elections Website

Having trouble at the polls?

Call or text: 1-866-OUR-VOTE

Register to Vote in West Virginia

Whether you are registering to vote for the first time, or need to update your address, name or party affiliation - we've got you covered!

Am I Registered?

Not sure if you are eligible to vote due to a felony conviction?
Click here to learn more.

Vote By Mail

Request and track

Notice: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it’s submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in West Virginia.

Vote By Mail Deadlines

11/02/2022
Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
11/08/2022
Deadline to Return Ballot (Postmarked By)

Excuse required to vote by mail.

How Vote By Mail Works in West Virginia

Voting by mail is a two step process in West Virginia.

Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. The deadline for your application to be received is November 2nd. You must have an excuse to qualify to vote with an absentee ballot.

Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.

  • Return in person to your county clerk's office on or before November 7th, the day before Election Day.
  • Or mail in your ballot - ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, November 8th, and received by five days after Election Day to be counted. To make your 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 on November 8th. We recommend returning ASAP as your ballot must be received within 5 days of Election Day

Click Here to See Your Ballot

Where to Sign Your Ballot

Remember to sign your return ballot. After you complete your ballot, be sure to sign the voter form on outside of envelope No. 2. Be sure that your signature matches your signature on file with the state! If you registered online or at the DMV, check the signature on your license. If the signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed and will not count.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

If you return your ballot by mail, your postage is prepaid.

You can also drop off your ballot in person at your local elections office.

Can Someone Else Return Your Ballot For You?

Anyone may return a ballot on your behalf with your permission. Any person may not deliver more than 2 absentee ballots at one time.

Track Your Ballot

Track your ballot by clicking here.

Haven't used your ballot?

If you would like to vote in person, return your unused absentee ballot to your polling site and vote in person on Election Day. The poll workers will destroy your unused ballot in your presence.

Opportunities to Fix Challenges to Your Ballot

West Virginia does not offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot. Your ballot will not count if it is late, or you do not follow directions.

Voter ID

Do Voters Need ID?

Voters in West Virginia must show ID to cast their vote at the polls. The following IDs are acceptable:

Must be valid and unexpired.

Non-photo ID

  • Voter registration card
  • Medicare card
  • Social Security Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • West Virginia Hunting or Fishing License
  • West Virginia SNAP ID card
  • West Virginia TANF ID Card
  • Bank or debit card
  • Utility bill/bank statement within 6 months of the election
  • Health Insurance card issued to voter

Photo ID

  • West Virginia driver’s license or other DMV issued West Virginia ID
  • Driver’s License issued by another state
  • US passport
  • US Military card
  • US or West Virginia government employee ID card
  • Student ID card
  • Concealed carry permit

Voter ID in West Virginia

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Primaries

Automatic Registration

Your state automatically registers people to vote at the address on their drivers license or other state issued ID card. If you have moved but have not updated your ID with your new address, changed your name or want to add a political party selection, you must update your voter registration. Click here to check to see if you are registered to vote, and update your registration if needed.

Election Day Registration

You can register to vote and cast your ballot on Election Day at your polling place or local elections office. Bring a valid ID and proof of residence with you.

Early Voting

Early Voting Dates

10/26/2022
Voting Begins
11/05/2022
Voting Ends

You can vote early in West Virginia

Find early voting locations in your county here.

Preregister

Some states have laws that specifically allow citizens to preregister at a certain age while others allow registration as long as you’re 18 by the next election. Preregistration means you’ll be automatically registered to vote on your 18th birthday without taking any additional steps.

In West Virginia, you can preregister to vote if you are 17. Register to vote today!

Some states even let you vote in their primaries at 17 if you’ll be 18 by the general election so you can participate in the whole process!

You can vote in the West Virginia primaries if you are 17 by the next election.