West Virginia | Voting Guide



Registration Deadlines and Election Dates


Due to the threat posed to public health by COVID-19, the Primary Election has been rescheduled for June 9, 2020.

  • The voter registration deadline is May 19.

  • The deadline to request a mail-in ballot is June 3.

  • Early voting will take place May 27 – June 6.

Voter Registration Deadline: 21 days before Election Day


  • Primary Election Registration Deadline: May 19

  • Primary Election: June 9

  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 13

  • General Election: November 3

Official Election Websites
Register at School or Home

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.

What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

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.

What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

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

You may use your student ID or 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. More information and a full list of acceptable forms of ID and exceptions is available at: https://sos.wv.gov/elections/Pages/BeReg.aspx

Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: https://services.sos.wv.gov/Elections/Voter/FindMyPollingPlace

How Can I Vote?

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 due to:

         o Illness, injury, or other medical reason;

         o Immobility due to disability or advanced age;

         o Incarceration or home detention, not pursuant to a felony conviction;

         o Work hours or distance from the county seat that make it impossible to vote in person;

         o Participation in the Address Confidentiality Program;

         o An inaccessible early voting site and polling place;

         o Personal or business travel;

         o Attendance at college or other place of education or training;

         o Temporary residency outside the voter’s county of registration; or

         o Service as an elected or appointed state or federal official.

  • 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 and mail on or before Election Day.


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 have a right to vote.

Common Questions/Concerns

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 May 2020

Campus Vote Project is a project of Fair Elections Center

(202) 331-0114            info@campusvoteproject.org

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