West Virginia elections, 2013
|On the 2013 ballot|
Exceptions include special elections.
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- 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:
- You will be working or traveling on Election Day
- 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
- Your polling place inaccessible to you
- 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 attend school away from home
- Voting on Election Day is inconvenient
- You are under incarceration or detention in Jail or in Home (not for any felony, or treason, or bribery in an election)
To vote absentee a request must be received at least six days 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, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.
- See also: Early voting
West Virginia is one of 33 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 3 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.
Elections Performance Index
West Virginia ranked 44th out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in the Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index (EPI), based on the 2010 elections. The EPI examines election administration performance assigning an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. The indicators were chosen within the framework of determining the convenience and integrity of each of the three administrative phases of an election: registration, voting and counting. West Virginia received an overall score of 57%.