State of West Virginia Voting Requirements & Information

Statewide Voter Information

 

U.S. Domestic Voters

Registration

You can register to vote or update your registration information:

  • online
  • by mail
  • in person at your elections office

Election Day Voting

Polling places are open from 630am to 730pm on Election Day.

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Early Voting

Any registered voter may vote in person at the county courthouse or annex beginning 13 days before the election and ending 3 days before the election. Some counties offer additional early voting locations.

Early voting is typically available on weekdays during regular business hours and on Saturdays from 9am to 5pm. ​

Absentee Voting

A registered voter may vote absentee provided they will be absent from their place of voting on Election Day and meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are away due to personal or business travel.
  • You are in attendance at college, university or other place of education or training
  • You are confined due to illness, injury or other medical reason
  • You are immobile due to advanced age or a physical disability.
  • You are incarcerated or in detention in jail or home and not convicted of a felony
  • Your employment because of hours worked and distance from the county seat makes voting in person impossible
  • You are a participant in the Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) with the Office of the Secretary of State
  • The county absentee voting office and your polling place are inaccessible to you due to your physical disability
  • You are required to live temporarily outside county of residence because of service as an elected or appointed state or federal officer
  • You are required to live temporarily outside county of residence because of temporary assignment by your employer for a specific period of four years or less

You are eligible to vote in West Virginia if you:

  • Reside in West Virginia and the parish in which you want to vote
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • Are a U.S citizen

You are NOT eligible to vote in West Virginia if:

  • You are on parole for a felony conviction or convicted of a felony
  • You have been legally declared "mentally incompetent" by a court

You may preregister to vote in West Virginia

  • at 17 years of age and provided you will be 18 by the next general election.

Voter Registration

To register to vote in West Virginia you should provide one of the following:

  • Your West Virginia ID Number
  • Your West Virginia Driver's License Number
  • The Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number

If you are registering to vote for the first time by mail, you will need to provide a copy of a valid ID. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Government Issued Document that shows your current name and address
  • Utility Bill, Bank Statement, Government Check, or Paycheck that Shows your current name and address
  • Current and Valid Photo ID

You can alternatively show one of these documents when you vote to complete your registration.

Voting In-Person

If you registered to vote in West Virginia, you may be required to present valid ID if you are voting for the first time or your registration is incomplete. You can use any ID from this list:

  • Government Issued Document that shows your Current Name and Address
  • Government Check
  • Current and Valid Photo ID with Signature
  • Bank Statement
  • Utility Bill
  • Paycheck that shows your Current Name and Address

Domestic Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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The Ballot can also be requested by phone.

Overseas & Military Voters

Overseas Voters

U.S. citizens living abroad have the right to vote as absentee voters, provided they are eligible to vote in their state. If you are living outside of the U.S. permanently, indefinitely, or temporarily, your voting rights stay with you, even if you never voted when you lived in the U.S. To vote from overseas:

  • Complete and send an overseas voter registration/ballot request form to your election office in the U.S. This is one specific form that will register you as an overseas voter and request your absentee ballot – simultaneously.

Many states allow children who were born overseas, but never lived in the U.S., to use their U.S. parents’ last residence address to register.

Military Voters

Service members and their eligible family members living outside their voting jurisdiction (within or outside the U.S.) are able to vote as absentee voters.

  • If you are a service member, or an eligible family member, there is a single form to file for both voter registration and ballot request. It is often called the “Federal Post Card Application” or the FPCA form. This form must be re-filed with your election office each time you change location.

To vote as a service member or eligible family member:

  • Complete and send a voter registration/ballot request form “FPCA” to your election office in the U.S. It is the same form in all states.

Voting Military

Service members and their dependents may register and request a ballot using the federal voter registration/ballot request form ("FPCA"). You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID

Voting Overseas

U.S. citizens living overseas may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form. You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID

Overseas Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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An overseas voter registering for the first time in West Virginia must send the original voter registration application by the appropriate deadline. If you fax or email your ballot, you must sign and return a waiver of privacy.

Military Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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A Uniformed Services voter registering for the first time in West Virginia must send the original voter registration application by the appropriate deadline. If you fax or email your ballot, you must sign and return a waiver of privacy.