Registration Deadline: You may register at any time. However, to be eligible to vote in a specific election, you must register 21 days before that election.
Party Affiliation: West Virginia has a closed primary, meaning that if you are a member of one of the major parties (Democratic, Mountain, Republican) you may only vote the ballot of the party in which you are registered.
VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS
Age: At least 17 years old, and 18 before the next General Election.
Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen
Residency: Must be a resident of West Virginia and the county where you register
Mental Competency: Not been judged incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction
Felony Convictions: Not currently under conviction, probation, or parole for a felony, election bribery or treason
OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
Online: Online registration
In person:You may register to vote at your County Clerks office
By mail/ in writing: Request an application from your County Clerk or download the mail-in application form and return it completed to your county clerk's office.
VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS
Online: West Virginia Voter Registration Verification
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
Who can vote absentee:To Vote Absentee, one of the following must keep you from voting in person during the early voting period or election day:
-Personal or business travel
-Attendance at a college, university, or other place of education or training;
-Illness, injury, physical disability or advanced age prevents me from accessing my polling place
-Have a permanent, physical disability that prevents me from going to the polling place
-Incarceration or detention in jail or home;
-Are a participant in the West Virginia Secretary of State's Address Confidentiality Program
-Employment which because of hours worked and distance from the county seat makes voting in person impossible
-Service as an elected or appointed state or federal officer requiring you to temporarily live outside your county
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Online: West Virginia Absentee Ballot Application or Permanent Absentee Application
In person: You may apply at your county clerk's office
By mail: Download or request an application by telephone, fax, or e-mail from your county clerk.
Military and overseas voting: Special Applications and instructions for military and overseas voters.
Emergency Voting: For more information on emergency voting, click here.
SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Location and time: Check with your county clerk for official deadlines and locations to mail your absentee ballot.
Early voting qualifications: Any eligible voter may vote early in person
Other information for early voting: The location will be in the county courthouse, annex, or on the property of the courthouse. The regular period of Early Voting begins thirteen days before the election and continues until three days before the election. For more information, go here.
Verifying Registration: West Virginia Voter Registration Verification
Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org/
Polling Place: West Virginia Polling Place Locator
ID Requirements: If you are registering to vote for the first time in West Virginia or your county and you have not voted in a election in this state, you must show a valid ID with your application or the first time you vote. The following documents showing your current name and address are acceptable:
-Valid photo ID
-Utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document
Getting your vote counted: Know your Voting Rights.
Problems with voting: Election complaint process and form