West Virginia | Voting Guide

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Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

Voter Registration Deadline: 21 days before Election Day. Mailed in registration must be received by this day.


2020

  • 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 or 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 or 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. Your ID cannot be expired.


Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • A document with your name on it from the US government, state of West Virginia, or a town or city within West Virginia

  • A driver’s license or state ID from West Virginia

  • A valid driver’s license from a state other than West Virginia

  • A U.S. passport

  • A valid student identification card with a photograph of the eligible voter issued by an institution of higher education in West Virginia, or a valid high school identification card issued by a West Virginia high school

  • A valid Social Security card

  • A valid West Virginia voter registration card

  • A valid bank, credit, or health insurance card

  • A valid SNAP, TANF, or Medicaid card

  • A valid military identification card with a photograph of the voter

  • A valid utility bill or bank statement issued within the 6 months before the election.

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?

2020

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all West Virginia voters can request an absentee ballot by using the excuse “illness, injury, or other medical reason” on the absentee ballot application form.

  • Deadline to request an absentee ballot: October 28

  • Early Voting Period: October 21 to 31


By Mail

  • West Virginia allows voters to vote absentee by mail with an excuse. You can request your absentee ballot online or through a paper application. You can also request an application by contacting your county clerk.

  • Voters are eligible to cast an absentee ballot due to:

  • Illness, injury, or other medical reason;

  • Immobility due to disability or advanced age;

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

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

  • Participation in the Address Confidentiality Program;

  • An inaccessible early voting site and polling place;

  • Personal or business travel;

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

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

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


Track your absentee ballot at https://services.sos.wv.gov/Elections/Voter/AbsenteeBallotTracking.


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

  • You may vote early during normal business hours Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on 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 September 2020

Campus Vote Project is a project of Fair Elections Center

(202) 331-0114            info@campusvoteproject.org

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