Information below last updated in Fall 2014. Please check back soon for 2015 registration dates and election information.
Election Day: 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM
The regular period of Early Voting begins thirteen days before the election and continues until three days before the election. Voting is available during regular business hours, plus, it is also available on any Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on or between the thirteenth and third days before the election. Check with the County Clerk's Office for more information or on the West Virginia Secretary of State website.
To be eligible to vote in an election, you must register to vote 21 days before the specific election. If you are registering in person, either at your town clerk's office or at another agency that does voter registration, you must do it by this day. If you are mailing in your application, you must postmark it by the dates listed above (mail-in application).
How to Check if You Are Registered
You can check to see if you are registered here.
For assistance, please call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) or contact your County Clerk’s office.
How to Register
The West Virginia Voter Registration Application is available here. Follow these steps to complete and submit the form:
If you do not receive confirmation of your registration in three weeks, contact your County Clerk’s office to follow up.
You are eligible to vote in West Virginia if you:
Identification Required for Registration
You must submit proof of identification along with your voter registration application, or present an acceptable form of ID when you register in person or vote for the first time. Acceptable forms of ID include:
You may vote by absentee ballot if:
Rules and Deadlines
Emergency Absentee Voting
You or an immediate family member may request emergency absentee voting on your behalf if you are in a hospital or other health care facility in your county on Election Day, or if you are a poll worker appointed to a precinct other than your own after the Early Voting period. In some counties, you may be eligible for Emergency Absentee Voting if you are in a nursing home or in a hospital or health care facility 30 miles or less from your county seat. Contact your County Clerk's Office for more information.
To request an Emergency Absentee Ballot, you or an immediate family member must complete the request form here. The form can be submitted beginning the seventh day before the election. It must be received by noon on Election Day.
Identification Requirements to Register to Vote
As described above, if you registered to vote for the first time in West Virginia, or for the first time in this county and you have not cast a vote in a federal election in this state, you must submit a copy of one of the following either with your application or when you show up to vote for the first time:
Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot
If the voter is duly registered at the precinct at which he or she is trying to vote, no identification is necessary. The voter must only state his or her name and residence and, after being found in the poll book by a poll clerk, sign his or her name in the appropriate place in the poll book.
Moving Within the Same County
If you are moving within your county, or change your name, you can update your registration in one of these ways:
Moving to a Different County
If you move to another county in West Virginia, you must re-register in that county.
If You Are a Military or Overseas Voter
Voters covered by the Uniformed and Overseas Voters Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) must apply for an absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)* or the West Virginia Absentee Ballot Application. The voter must send their completed application to the county clerk's office where they are registered to vote. Absentee ballot applications may be received as early as January 1 of an election year or 84 days before an election. The application must be RECEIVED by the county clerk no later than 6 days before the election in order to be processed.
Note: Military and Overseas voters do NOT receive their ballots automatically and must reapply for absentee status every election cycle. After the military or overseas voter turns in their absentee ballot request application for that election year, they will then be registered to receive absentee ballots for both the primary and general election.
Please contact your County Clerk if you need more information.
UOCAVA voters can track the status of their ballots on the web. Track your ballot here.
*The FPCA also serves as a voter registration application, if needed. Voter registration closes on the 21st day before a regularly scheduled election.
Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), also known as Standard Form 76, to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot. Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) West Virginia-specific FPCA page.
Military and overseas citizens can send and receive voting materials by fax and email. If you wish to use the fax or email options, you must indicate this on your FPCA. Instructions for doing so are found on the FVAP's West Virginia-specific FPCA page.
Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if they are concerned with receiving their printed ballot and returning it by the 7:00 p.m., Election Day deadline. The FWAB is a blank ballot on which voters write-in their choices. The FWAB may also be used to register to vote and to apply for the absentee ballot, all in one step. If the FWAB is being used to register to vote, it must be received by the voter registration deadline. For specific instructions, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's West Virginia-specific FWAB page.
Voting rights are restored when the term of your conviction ends. You must fill out a voter registration application by mail or at your county clerk's office in order to be eligible to vote again.
For more information, visit the Secretary of State website, or click here to read the West Virginia State Election Code.
For more information for voters with mental disabilities, visit The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and National Disability Rights Network’s document: “Voting Rights Guide for People with Mental Disabilities.”
Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
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