Voting in West Virginia
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For full information about voting in West Virginia, contact your state election agency.
To vote in West Virginia, you must be:
- a resident of West Virginia,
- a United States citizen,
- "17 years old and 18 before the next general election,"
- not currently "under conviction, probation, or parole for treason, bribery in an election, or any felony," and
- not "ruled mentally incompetent by a court of law."
When and where
The deadline for registration is 21 days prior to an election. You may register to vote by submitting a form by mail to your County Clerk or the Secretary of State's Office, or in person at the following locations:
—West Virginia Secretary of State
Voting on Election Day
First-time voters may be asked to show identification at the polls on Election Day.
- See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times
West Virginia is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Parties decide who may vote. Both parties allow unaffiliated voters to vote in their primaries.
- See also: Absentee voting
You are eligible to vote absentee in an election for any of the following reasons:
- You will be "working or traveling all 13 days" prior to Election Day
- Your "hours of employment make voting impossible"
- You "live another place during part of the year"
- You have "been given a job assignment which requires you to live outside of your county or West Virginia"
- You have "health problems or a physical disability"
- You have "been hospitalized because of an emergency and will be in the hospital or care facility 7 days leading up to and including Election Day"
- You are in the military or overseas
- You attend school away from home
- You are under incarceration or detention in jail or in home (not for any felony, treason or bribery in an election)
To vote absentee a request must be received by the county clerk no later than the sixth day prior to the election. The ballot must then be postmarked no later than Election Day and received by the canvass day (the Friday after a primary and the Monday after a general election).
Military and overseas voting
For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
- See also: Early voting
West Virginia is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins 13 days before an election and ends three days prior to Election Day. The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.
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Elections in West Virginia
- West Virginia elections, 2016
- West Virginia elections, 2015
- West Virginia elections, 2014
- West Virginia elections, 2013
- West Virginia elections, 2012
- West Virginia Secretary of State, "Voter FAQs," accessed January 22, 2015
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- National Conference of State Legislatures, "Electronic (or Online) Voter Registration," accessed May 10, 2013
- Open States, "SB477," accessed June 10, 2014
- West Virginia Secretary of State, "Election Day Procedures," accessed January 22, 2015
- Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
- West Virginia Secretary of State, "Absentee Voting," accessed December 17, 2013
- West Virginia Secretary of State, "Early voting and absentee voting," accessed January 22, 2015
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