Misdemeanor convictions in West Virginia
Can prisoners vote in jail? Generally, yes.
You do not lose your right to vote if you are convicted of a misdemeanor in West Virginia. If you are incarcerated for a misdemeanor you should check voter registration status, register to vote if necessary, and request an absentee ballot from office administrators at your complex.
You can vote while awaiting trial for any charge, even if incarcerated, as long as you have not lost your right to vote due to a prior conviction.
Felony conviction in West Virginia
Can felons vote in West Virginia?
You lose your right to vote if you are convicted of a felony. You can't vote while incarcerated, while on probation, or while on parole. Your right to vote is automatically restored once you complete your full sentence.
Next steps for restoring voting rights in West Virginia
If your sentence is completed, including parole or probation, you may register to vote and cast a ballot.
- American Samoa
- Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
- District of Columbia
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Puerto Rico
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- Virgin Islands
- West Virginia
In all states, it's a felony to vote if your voting rights are currently revoked. If you are uncertain about your status from the information provided on this page, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE for more information.
HELPFUL U.S. VOTE FOUNDATION RESOURCES
For help with:
- Registering to vote
- Requesting an absentee ballot
- Requesting a mail-in ballot
For help with finding your Election Official.