For more information, please visit the West Virginia Secretary of State website.
To use the online voter registration system you must have a current and valid driver’s license, learner’s permit or non-driver photo identification card issued by the West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Refer to the box below for information about ID requirements.
Choosing a political party
You may choose a political party affiliation when you register, but it is not required. If you do not register with a political party you will not be able to vote in the primary election.
To update registration after a move, name change, or change of political party affiliation, use the voter registration form.
To cancel your voter registration send a written, signed request to your county clerk.
All voters must show a form of identification to vote in person during early voting or on election day in any location. Any ID used must be valid and not expired
Non-Photo Identification accepted:
Photo Identification accepted:
Three (3) exceptions to ID voter requirements
Source: West Virginia Secretary of State
For online voter registration, a West Virginia drivers license or state ID is required.
An ID is not required for mail-in registration, but you must provide one of the documents listed on the form to verify residence:
If you cannot meet any of the above requirements, you may sign an affidavit and cast a provisional ballot subject to verification of your eligibility to vote.
For more information regarding Absentee Voting, please visit the West Virginia Secretary of State.
In order to apply for and receive an absentee ballot, you must meet one of the following requirements:
Offices/Measures That May Appear on the Ballot
|Federal (even years)||
President/Vice-President (elected every four years; next election in 2020)
Senator (elected every six years for staggered terms; next election in 2020)
Representative (elected every two years)
|State (even years)||
Governor/Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, State Comptroller, Attorney General, (elected every four years)
State Senator (elected every two years)
State Representative (elected every two years)
Statewide ballot measures
Commissioner of Agriculture
House of Delegates
|Municipal (odd years)||
School Board and other boards and commissions
Mayor or First Selectman
Registrar of Voters
Aldermen or Selectmen
Local ballot measures
For more information regarding Elections and Candidates, please visit the West Virginia Secretary of State.
Election Day is November 3, 2020
Dates of municipal elections can be found under the heading "City and Town Elections."
The "WV Secretary of State is responsible for ensuring fair, smooth and organized elections.
To file a complaint if you believe anyone associated with the elections process is in violation of the law the form can be found here: https://sos.wv.gov/about/Pages/Investigations.aspx
1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)
1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance)
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