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.
Have more questions about voting?
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Important Dates - Presidential Primary
Voting Information for West Virginia
Don’t miss your next election!
Don’t miss your next election! West Virginia holds closed primary elections, meaning only those affiliated with a party may participate. To change party affiliation, you must re-register to vote at least 21 days before the election. Primary elections will be held on May 12th, 2020 and the general election is November 3, 2020.
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.
Some congressional seats, state offices and constitutional amendments may be included on the ballot.Find Your Representatives
Early Voting + Absentee Voting
Early Voting Dates: April 29th to May 9th
You can vote in person at your county clerk’s office from April 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.
You’ll need to give an excuse to vote by mail ballot. Info here on what qualifies.
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
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