State of West Virginia Voting Requirements

 

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:

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

You are NOT eligible to vote in West Virginia if:

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

You may preregister to vote in West Virginia

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

Student Eligibility

If you are a student, you are eligible to vote in West Virginia if:

  • You reside in West Virginia but are attending college in another state
  • You reside in another state but attend college in West Virginia
  • You provide a valid photo student ID from a college/university at the polls

Voter Registration

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

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

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

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

Voting In-Person

You are required to show voter ID in West Virginia. You can use any ID from this list:

  • Utility Bill
  • Bank Statement
  • Government Issued Document that shows your Current Name and Address
  • Hunting or Fishing ID
  • Medicare or Medicaid Card issued by the government
  • Social Security Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • Valid Voter ID Card
  • Insurance Plan ID Card
  • Utility Bill
  • Valid Federal issued ID
  • Valid Student ID
  • Valid issued ID
  • Valid West Virginia Driver's License
  • SNAP ID
  • TANF ID card
  • License to Carry Concealed Weapon or Firearm
  • Valid US Passport

In some situations a voter without ID may sign an affidavit affirming identification.

Domestic Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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The Ballot can also be requested by phone.