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.

Have more questions about voting?

Read our voting FAQ

Important Dates - Presidential Primary

05/12/2020
Primary Election Date
04/21/2020
Primary Registration Deadline (by mail)
Mixed
Primary Type

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.

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.

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.

Request Absentee Ballot

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

Voter Rights

Find out more about your rights in West Virginia.

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