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West Virginia

Abbreviation: 
WV

West Virginia Registration Deadline

Not registered? Use our registration tool to fill out your application!

The registration deadline is 21 days before the election. You can now register to vote online! Fill out the forms found here to submit your registration application.

West Virginia Provisional Voting

If there is a question about your eligibility to vote in an election, you may vote a provisional ballot. You might vote a provisional ballot if:

West Virginia ID Needed for Voter Registration

If you register in person, you must bring proof of physical address. Examples include a driver's license, utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or other government document.

If you are registering by mail, fill out the application and remember to submit a copy of a current and valid ID or bring proof of identification with you to the polls. Valid proof of ID include a photo ID, utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or any other official government document that shows your name a and address.

West Virginia Overseas and Military Voters

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependant of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.

If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.

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Information on local, state and federal candidates and ballot measures may be available here.

To see a list of available races, visit the race index.

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If your health or disability does not permit you to go to the polls, you may get a mail in ballot. Be sure to apply early enough so that your application reaches the clerk at least six days before the election. If you are permanently unable to go to the polls, you may apply to be placed on the permanent absentee voting list to vote by mail. A doctor's statement must be filed with your application, but once approved, the clerk will automatically send you an absentee ballot before each election.

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West Virginia law states that private and public employers must give employees time off to vote, unless the employee has 3 hours nonworking time available to vote or the employee fails to vote.

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If you registered by mail, you will have to take a current and valid photo ID or a copy of a current document with your updated name and address the first time you vote.

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The polling place will be open from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm.

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The voting systems used in West Virginia are Optical Scan, AutoMARK, Paper Ballots and DRE.

Optical Scan: An optical scan ballot is a specially designed paper ballot which is marked by the voter with a special pencil, then tallied by a computer reader. The layout is very similar to the standardized tests given in school, the voter darkens an oval next to a candidate's name in order to enter a vote.

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