WEST
VIRGINIA

VOTING GUIDE

Including Student Information

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+ Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

  • Voter Registration Deadline: 21 days before Election Day
  • Primary Election Registration Deadline: April 17, 2018
  • Primary Election: May 8, 2018
  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 16, 2018
  • General Election: November 6, 2018

+ Official Election Websites

+ Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.
Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

West Virginia’s paper voter registration form asks for your West Virginia driver’s license/ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it.

If you register online, you must provide your West Virginia driver’s license/ID number and the last four digits of your Social Security number.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

Beginning in 2018 you will be asked to show a voter ID document before casting a ballot.  This does not apply to absentee-by-mail ballots.
Valid voter ID documents include:
  • Any document issued by the U.S. government or West Virginia government that contains the voter’s name
  • Additional, non-photo IDs include valid;
    • voter registration card issued by your county clerk
    • a bank or debit card,
    • a utility bill or bank statement issued within six months of the election,
    • a health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, SNAP, TANF, or Social Security card,
    • a birth certificate,
    • a WV hunting or fishing license
  • Accepted photo IDs include valid;
    • WV student ID from college or high school,
    • WV driver’s license or state ID,
    • a driver’s license issued by a state other than WV,
    • a U.S. Passport,
    • a WV or U.S. employee ID, including military IDs,
    • a WV concealed carry permit
Voter ID Exceptions 
In lieu of providing a valid ID document a voter may either;
  • Be accompanied by an adult that has know the voter for at least six months and who signs an affidavit confirming the voters identity.  The adult signing the affidavit must present a valid ID document with their name, address, and photo, or
  • A poll worker may allow a voter they have know for at least six months to vote without presenting a valid ID document.
Provisional Voting with Signature Match
If a voter is unable to provide a valid ID document or the poll worker determines the ID document presented is not valid, the voter can cast a provisional ballot that will be counted if the election authority is able to match the voters signature on file with the provisional ballot.

 

+ Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: https://services.sos.wv.gov/Elections/Voter/FindMyPollingPlace

+ How Can I Vote?

By Mail

West Virginia allows voters to vote by an absentee mail-in ballot if they will be unable to vote in person on Election Day or during the early voting period because of illness, injury, physical disability, or incarceration for minor crimes; they will be outside of the county during the voting period due to travel, work, or attendance at a college or university; they temporarily live outside of the county because of a job assignment no longer than four years; or they participate in the state’s Address Confidentiality Program. The application can be found here.

Applications must be received by the county by the 6th day before an election.

Completed ballots must be received the day before Election Day, or postmarked by Election Day if returned by mail.

You may apply to be a permanent absentee voter if you participate in the state’s Address Confidentiality Program or have a permanent, physical disability that prevents you from going to your voting location. Permanent absentee applications can be found at http://www.sos.wv.gov/elections/absentee/Pages/PermanentAbsentee.aspx.

Early In-Person

All registered voters may vote early in-person at their county courthouse (or any other designated location) without an excuse. Early voting begins on the 13th day before Election Day and continues until 3 days before the Election Day. You may vote early during regular business hours, including Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check with your County Clerk’s office for specific location and times.

Election Day

Voting sites will be open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. If you are in line by the time polls close then you will be allowed to vote.

+ Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid
    • Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA
  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
    • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes
  • Tuition Status
    • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community

Will registering to vote in West Virginia affect my driver’s license or car registration?

  • If you register to vote in West Virginia, you must register your car within 30 days.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed West Virginia legal professional.

Last updated June 2018