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West Virginia | Voting Guide




Voter Registration Deadline: 21 days before Election Day


  • Primary Election Registration Deadline: April 21

  • Primary Election: May 12

  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 13

  • General Election: November 3


Students have a choice about where to register to vote.


Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.


You may only be registered and vote in one location.


West Virginia’s paper voter registration form asks for your West Virginia driver’s license/ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it.

If you register online, you must provide your West Virginia driver’s license/ID number and the last four digits of your Social Security number.


Voters who appear to vote in person during the early voting period or on Election Day must present voter ID.

The requirement can be fulfilled with photo and non-photo forms of ID. Any document issued by the U.S. government or West Virginia government that shows your name, such as a West Virginia driver’s license or ID, a driver’s license issued by another state, a concealed carry permit, a student ID card, a voter registration card, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, SNAP, or TANF ID cards, birth certificate, West Virginia hunting or fishing license, bank or debit card, utility bill or bank statement, or a health insurance card are all accepted forms of voter ID. The ID presented does not have to display a picture of the voter.


More information and a full list of acceptable forms of ID and exceptions is available at:


If a voter does not or cannot provide a valid form of ID, they can cast a provisional ballot that will be counted if the election authority is able to match the voter’s signature on file with the provisional ballot.


Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at:


By Mail

  • West Virginia allows voters to vote absentee by mail, but only with an excuse. The application can be found here.

  • Voters are eligible to cast an absentee ballot if

    • They are confined to a specific location due to illness or injury, physical disability or immobility due to old age, or incarceration or home detention for a non-felony crime;

    • They are absent from the county during the available hours for voting in person due to personal or business travel, attendance at a college, university, or other educational institution, or employment;

    • They are required to temporarily live outside the county due to serving as an elected official or other documented employment assignment of four years or less;

    • Their polling place is inaccessible due to a disability; or

    • They are a participant in the Address Confidentiality Program.

  • Applications must be received by the county by the 6th day before an election.

  • Completed ballots must be returned in person by the day before Election Day or, if returned by mail, postmarked by Election Day.


You may apply to be a permanent absentee voter if you participate in the state’s Address Confidentiality Program or have a permanent, physical disability that prevents you from going to your voting location. Permanent absentee applications can be found at


Early In-Person

  • All registered voters may vote early in person at their county courthouse (or any other designated location) without an excuse.

  • Early voting begins on the 13th day before Election Day and continues until 3 days before Election Day.

  • You may vote early from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

  •  Check with your County Clerk’s office for specific location and times.


Election Day

Voting sites will be open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. If you are in line by the time polls close, then you must be allowed to vote.


Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid

    • Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA

  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes

    • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes

  • Tuition Status

    • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community


Will registering to vote in West Virginia affect my driver’s license or car registration?

  • If you register to vote in West Virginia, you must register your car within 30 days.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein to be used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed West Virginia legal professional.


Last updated June 2019

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