How to vote in West Virginia

This guide contains information about the 2018 midterm election held on November 6. It may be out-of-date.
 
Election day is Tuesday, November 6. West Virginia offers absentee ballots by mail to voters who will be unable to vote in person. All other voters are expected to vote in person. West Virginia offers early voting.

Who can vote

You have to register to vote before election day in West Virginia. You can find the deadline to register to vote in the "Dates and deadlines" section.

To register in West Virginia you must:
  • be a citizen of the United States
  • live in West Virginia at the address on your application
  • be 18 years old, or to vote in the primary be 17 years old and turning 18 before the general election
  • not be under conviction, probation, or parole for a felony, treason or election bribery
  • not have been judged "mentally incompetent" in a court of competent jurisdiction

Vote in person

Vote on election day

Voters registered in West Virginia can look up where to vote on West Virginia's site or at GetToThePolls.com.

Vote early

West Virginia voters can also vote before Election Day. The early voting period runs from Wednesday, October 24 to Saturday, November 3, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live. You can look up when and where to vote early at GetToThePolls.com.

What to bring

  • You will need to show a photo ID to vote in West Virginia. Acceptable forms include: voter registration card; WV driver's license or other WV ID issued by the DMV; driver's license issued by another state; US passport or passport card; Military ID card issued by the US government; US or WV government employee ID; Student ID; concealed carry permit; bank or debit card; utility bill or bank statement issued within 6 months of the date of the election; health insurance card; Medicare card; Social Security card; birth certificate; WV hunting or fishing license; or other current government document that shows your name.
  • If you're a first-time voter who registered to vote by mail, you'll need to show proof of residence to vote. Acceptable forms include: photo ID; or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other current government document that shows your name and address.
  • Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot. You may be able to vote a regular ballot if: a poll worker has known you for at least six months prior to the election; an adult accompanying you signs an affadavit certifying your identity; or you are a resident of a licensed state care facility and your polling place is in that facility.

Vote by mail

  1. Review the absentee ballot application and confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
  2. Fill out the application completely.
  3. Submit the request to your local election office. You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Wednesday, October 31.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.

See what's on the ballot

Learn more about what will be on your ballot at GetToThePolls.com or Ballotpedia.

Get step-by-step help

TurboVote can help you fill out your ballot request form, send you election reminders, and more. If you'd like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!

Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:
  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:
  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.
The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in West Virginia.

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using West Virginia's voter registration lookup tool.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
  • The deadline to register online is Tuesday, October 16.
  • The deadline for registering to vote by mail is Tuesday, October 16.
  • The deadline to register to vote in person is Tuesday, October 16.
  • The early voting period runs from Wednesday, October 24 to Saturday, November 3, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.
  • The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Wednesday, October 31.

Election contact information for West Virginia

Address:
Secretary of State
Bldg. 1, Suite 157-K, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. East
Charleston, WV 25305

Phone Number:
(304) 558-6000