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How to vote in West Virginia

Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. West Virginia offers absentee ballots by mail to voters who will be unable to vote in person. All other voters are expected to vote in person. West Virginia offers early voting.

Who can vote

You have to register to vote before election day in West Virginia. You can find the deadline to register to vote in the "Dates and deadlines" section.

To register in West Virginia you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • live in West Virginia at the address on your application
  • be 18 years old, or to vote in the primary be 17 years old and turning 18 before the general election
  • not be under conviction, probation, or parole for a felony, treason or election bribery
  • not have been judged "mentally incompetent" in a court of competent jurisdiction
  • *find more information on voting rights restoration here

Vote in person

Vote on election day

Voters registered in West Virginia can look up where to vote on West Virginia's site.

Vote early

West Virginia voters can also vote before Election Day. The early voting period runs from Wednesday, October 21, 2020 to Saturday, October 31, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.

What to bring

  • You will need to show a valid and non-expired ID to vote in West Virginia. Acceptable forms include: voter registration card; WV driver's license or other WV ID issued by the DMV; driver's license issued by another state; US passport or passport card; Military ID card issued by the US government; US or WV government employee ID; Student ID; concealed carry permit; bank or debit card; utility bill or bank statement issued within 6 months of the date of the election; health insurance card; Medicare card; Social Security card; birth certificate; WV hunting or fishing license; WV SNAP ID card; WV TANF program ID card; WV Medicaid ID card, or other current government document that shows your name.
  • If you're a first-time voter who registered to vote by mail, you'll need to show proof of residence to vote. Acceptable forms include: photo ID; or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other current government document that shows your name and address.
  • Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot. You may be able to vote a regular ballot if: a poll worker has known you for at least six months prior to the election; an adult accompanying you signs an affidavit certifying your identity; or you are a resident of a licensed state care facility and your polling place is in that facility.

Vote by mail

  1. Review the absentee ballot application and confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
  2. Fill out the application completely.
  3. Submit the request to your local election office. You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is (received by) Wednesday, October 28, 2020.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.

See what's on the ballot

Learn more about what will be on your ballot by visiting the West Virginia sample ballot or by visiting Ballotpedia.

Get step-by-step help

TurboVote can help you start the absentee/mail-in ballot request process, send you election reminders, and more. If you’d like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!

Election Day registration

West Virginia does not offer registration on Election Day.

Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and overseas citizens can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:

  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it. Following are recommended return dates to make sure your ballot arrives at your election office on time:35 days before election - On a ship at sea: September 28, 202030 days before election - Outside of the US: October 2, 202011 days before the election - Stateside: October 23, 2020
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
  6. Exception: Authorized late voter registration from certain uniformed and overseas voters accepted from Wednesday, October 14, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020

If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:

  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.

The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in West Virginia. You can also call 1-800-438-VOTE or email vote@fvap.gov

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using West Virginia's voter registration lookup tool.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
  • The deadline to register online to vote is Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
  • The deadline for registering by mail to vote is (postmarked by) Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
  • The deadline to register in person to vote is Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
  • The deadline to request a ballot by mail is (received by) Wednesday, October 28, 2020.
  • The early voting period runs from Wednesday, October 21, 2020 to Saturday, October 31, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.
  • Exception: Authorized late voter registration from certain uniformed and overseas voters accepted from Wednesday, October 14, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020

Election contact information for West Virginia

Address:
Secretary of State
Bldg. 1, Suite 157-K, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. East
Charleston, WV 25305

Phone Number:
(304) 558-6000

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