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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: For primaries, if you are registered with one of the four recognized political parties (Democratic, Libertarian, Mountain or Republican, you may only vote that party's ballot or the non-partisan ballot. If you are registered with any other party or with no party, you may ask the poll worker for one of the recognized party's ballots or they will give you the non-partisan ballot. In the General Election, every registered voter receives the same ballot.





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





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.





Online: West Virginia Voter Registration Verification





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





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.





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:


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

Verifying provisional ballot status: Track provisional ballot status.


Verifying absentee ballot status: You can track the status of your ballot here or call 866-767-8683 for more information.




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