Voting in West Virginia
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- 1 Registration
- 2 Voting on Election Day
- 3 Absentee voting
- 4 Early voting
- 5 Election policy ballot measures
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
For full information about voting in West Virginia, contact the 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 the 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
- See also: Voter identification laws by state
First-time voters who registered by mail must present identification. Valid identification includes photo and non-photo identification.
- 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
Voters are eligible to vote absentee in an election for any of the following reasons:
- They will be "working or traveling all 13 days" prior to Election Day
- Their "hours of employment make voting impossible"
- They "live another place during part of the year"
- They have "been given a job assignment which requires They to live outside of Theyr county or West Virginia"
- They have "health problems or a physical disability"
- They 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"
- They are in the military or overseas
- They attend school away from home
- They 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.
Election policy ballot measures
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Ballotpedia has tracked the following ballot measures relating to election and campaign policy in West Virginia.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the terms "West Virginia voting."
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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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