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 meet the following requirements:
—West Virginia Secretary of State
When and where
The deadline for registration is 21 days prior to an election. You may register to vote in the following ways:
- In Person: You may register in person at the office of the Secretary of State. You may also receive and submit your voter registration form at any of the offices listed below. Be sure to bring proof of physical address (drivers license; utility bill; bank statement; paycheck; or other government document).
- By Mail: You may request an application from your County Clerk, the Secretary of State, or by downloading the mail in application form. Return completed voter registration forms to your County Clerk's office.
Voting 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 if you cannot make it to the polls on Election Day for one of the following reasons:
—West Virginia Secretary of State
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
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- West Virginia Secretary of State, "Voter Registration FAQ," 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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