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How to Register to Vote

Register Online

You’ll need a West Virginia driver’s license or ID card number, and the last 4 digits of your Social Security number to register online.

Register Online


Check if you’re registered to vote

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1. Get the voter registration form.

Download and print the West Virginia Voter Registration Form or call (866) 767-8683 to request one by mail.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Indicate whether you’re a US citizen and whether you’ll be 18 by Nov 8

Step 1 · (Optional) Indicate whether this is a new registration; whether you’re switching parties; and whether you’re completing a name or address change

Steps 2–3 · Enter your name and date of birth.

Step 4 · Provide your West Virginia driver’s license or ID card number or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number.

Steps 5 · Provide your residential address and mailing address (if different)

Step 6–7 · (Optional) Provide your email address and gender

Step 8 · (If applicable) Provide the name and address where you last registered to vote

Step 9 · (Optional) Provide your telephone number

Step 10 · (Optional) Choose your political party

Step 11 · (Optional) Check if you would like to be a poll worker

Step 12 · Sign and date the form.

Step 13 · (If applicable) If you’re registering for the first time in West Virginia, or if you have not voted in a federal election in West Virginia and are registering in the county for the first time, provide one of the following with your registration or when you vote:

  • Current photo ID
  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Government document showing your name and current residence address

3. Send the form.

Your completed form must be mailed by Oct 18 to your County Clerk’s Office


Check if you’re registered to vote

services.sos.wv.gov

1. Get the voter registration form.

Get the form in person at your County Clerk’s Office or at other locations such as the Department of Motor Vehicles and Armed Services recruitment offices.


2. Fill out the form

Indicate whether you’re a US citizen and whether you’ll be 18 by Nov 8

Step 1 · (Optional) Indicate whether this is a new registration; whether you’re switching parties; and whether you’re completing a name or address change

Steps 2–3 · Enter your name and date of birth

Step 4 · Provide your West Virginia driver’s license or ID card number, or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number

Step 5 · Provide your residential address and mailing address (if different)

Step 6–7 · (Optional) Provide your email address and gender

Step 8 · (If applicable) Provide the name and address where you last registered to vote

Step 9 · (Optional) Provide your telephone number

Step 10 · (Optional) Choose your political party

Step 11 · (Optional) Check if you would like to be a poll worker

Step 12 · Sign and date the form

Step 13 · (If applicable) If you’re registering for the first time in West Virginia, or if you have not voted in a federal election in West Virginia and are registering in the county for the first time, provide one of the following with your registration or when you vote:

  • Current photo ID
  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Government document showing your name and current residence address


3. Return the form.

Register by the close of business on Oct 18. You can find out the exact closing time from your County Clerk’s Office.


Check if you’re registered to vote

services.sos.wv.gov

Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Be 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Live in the county or city where you register in West Virginia
  • If convicted of a felony, treason, or bribery in an election, you can’t be in jail, on probation, or on parole
  • Not currently judged incompetent by a court
  • Not claim the right to vote in another state
Online
October 18

Mail
October 18

In Person
October 18

How to Vote

Vote early
Oct 26–Nov 5

Bring an accepted form of ID, if required


Vote on Election Day
Nov 8

Polls are open 6:30 AM–7:30 PM. If you’re in line by 7:30 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring an accepted of ID, if required.


Who can vote early

Any voter registered in West Virginia can vote early in person.

Who can vote by mail

You’ll need to meet one of the following qualifications to vote absentee by mail:

  • You’ll be away working or on personal travel on Election Day
  • You attend school away from your home
  • You have health problems (including illness and injury) or a physical disability or immobility due to extreme advanced age
  • You’re in jail or on home detention (but must not be under conviction of any felony, treason, or bribery in an election, including any period of probation or parole)
  • Your work hours or location prevents you from going to the polls
  • You’re a participant in the Secretary of State’s address confidentiality program
  • You’re attending college, university, or other place of education or training
  • You’re temporarily required to live away from your home for a period of 4 years or less due to an assignment by your employer
  • You’re temporarily required to live away from your home because you’re an elected or appointed state or federal officer
  • You’re a military or overseas voter, or a spouse or dependent of someone in the armed forces
  • Your designated area for absentee voting within the county courthouse or annex of the courthouse and your assigned polling place are inaccessible because of your physical disability


1. Get the absentee ballot application

Download and print an absentee ballot application.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Steps 1-2 · To receive an absentee ballot for the general election on Nov 8, check the line for “Federal, State, or County election” and check the line for “General Election”

Step 3 · (Optional) If you’re requesting a ballot for a primary election, choose the political party you want to vote for

Step 4 · Provide your name, current address and birthday

Step 5 · Provide the address where you want your ballot mailed

Step 6 · Check a box to indicate the reason you’re qualified to vote absentee

Step 7 · Sign and date the form


3. Submit the form

Mail, fax, or scan and email the application to your County Clerk’s office so it’s received by Nov 2


4. Vote
  • Once you receive your ballot, follow the instructions to fill out the ballot and return envelope
  • Attach a copy of an accepted form of ID, if required
  • Mail your completed ballot to the address on the return envelope so it’s postmarked by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Check the status of your ballot on sos.wv.gov
Absentee ballot received by
November 8

Vote early
Oct 26–Nov 5

Bring an accepted form of ID, if required


Vote on Election Day
November 8

Polls are open 6:30 AM–7:30 PM. If you’re in line by 7:30 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring an accepted form of ID, if required

Voting requirements
  • Be registered to vote in West Virginia. Check if you’re registered to vote.
  • Live at a West Virginia address
  • Be a US citizen
  • Be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Not be in jail, on parole, or on probation for a conviction of a felony, treason, or bribery in an election
  • Not currently be judged mentally incompetent by a court

ID requirements

If you’re not voting for the first time in West Virginia, you don’t need to provide ID to vote by mail or in person

If you registered to vote by mail and this is your first time voting in West Virginia, you’ll need to attach a copy to your mail ballot or bring one of the following:

  • Photo ID
  • Copy of a current utility bill
  • Copy of a current bank statement
  • Copy of a current paycheck
  • Copy of a current government check
  • Copy of other current government document that shows your name and address

Frequently Asked Questions

You do not need to provide ID if you’ve already voted in West Virginia at least once. If you are voting for the first time in West Virginia, you must include a copy of your ID with your application (unless you submitted it with your voter registration form).Acceptable forms of ID include acopy of a current and valid photo ID that shows your name and West Virginia address OR a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and West Virginia address.
You can apply for an emergency absentee ballot if you are hospitalized or admitted to a nursing home within seven days of the election. You or a family member must contact the County Clerk and request an emergency ballot. The County Clerk will deploy a team of emergency absentee voting commissioners to go to hospital or nursing home. This commissioners will bring the ballot to the hospital and will return the voted ballot to the County Clerk.