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Voter Registration: West Virginia

VOTER REGISTRATION


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.


 


VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS


Age: At least 17 years old, and 18 before the next General Election.17 year olds may register and vote in primary elections if they turn 18 before the next general election.


Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen


Residency: Reside at their registered legal address for at least thirty (30) days before the election to be considered eligible to vote. This thirty-day requirement also applies to elections in municipalities, barring other language in municipal charters


Mental Competency: Not been judged incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction


Felony Convictions: No one under conviction, probation, or parole for treason, bribery in an election, or any felony is allowed to vote. Once a person completes his or her sentence, he or she may register to vote again.


 


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:


-Illness, injury or other medical reason (due to concerns of COVID-19, all voters may apply to vote absentee in the 2020 General Election because of “medical reason”) -Disability or advanced age 


-Incarceration or home detention (does not include individuals convicted of any felony, treason, or election bribery) 


-Work hours and distance from county seat 


-Inaccessible early voting site and polling place 


-Personal or business travel* 


-Attendance at college or other place of education or training* 


-Temporary residence outside of the county*


-Service as an elected or appointed state or federal official*


“*” indicates that the voter must receive ballot at an address outside of the county. 


For more information click on this link


 


OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT


The deadline to submit an absentee ballot application is the 6th day before each election. Applications must be submitted to your county clerk via fax, U.S. mail, email, or in-person to the county clerk.


 


SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT


After receiving an absentee ballot, the voter may simply vote and return the ballot to the County Clerk in the appropriate envelopes as soon as possible (or by hand delivery at the Clerk’s office).


If your first time voting will be absentee by mail, you must send a copy of one of the forms of valid ID listed below with your ballot.


Valid ID for first time voters must show your current name and address in order to be accepted:


-Valid photo identification


-Utility bill


-Bank statement


-Government check


-Paycheck


-Any other official government document


Unless a voter is a military or overseas voter, the ballot must be mailed and postmarked by Election Day and received by the start of Canvass.


For hand-delivery, absentee ballots must be delivered to the County Clerk's office by the day before Election Day. Although voters do not have to personally return his or her absentee ballot, no one person may deliver more than two voters' absentee ballots.


Uniformed and Overseas Citizens: Click on this link for more information


 


EARLY VOTING


Early voting qualifications: Any eligible voter may vote early in person


 


Other information for early voting: The regular period of Early Voting begins thirteen days before the election and continues until three days before the election. 


 


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


Verifying Registration: West Virginia Voter Registration Verification


Deciding how to vote: https://votesmart.org/


Polling Place: West Virginia Polling Place Locator


ID Requirements: https://sos.wv.gov/elections/Pages/BeReg.aspx


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.

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