How to register to vote in West Virginia

West Virginia offers online voter registration. You can register by mail to vote in West Virginia by printing a voter registration form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.

Who can vote

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
  • *find more information on voting rights restoration here

Online voter registration

  • West Virginia offers online voter registration.
  • You should know: you need a West Virginia ID and a Social Security number to use West Virginia’s online voter registration system. If you don’t have a West Virginia-issued ID, you can still register by mail to vote.
  • You can register online to vote until Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

By-mail voter registration

Use the West Virginia voter registration form

You can also register to vote using the West Virginia voter registration form. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and fill it out completely. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

Use the National Voter Registration Form

  1. Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  2. Box 6 – ID Number: Enter your West Virginia driver’s license or DMV-issued non-driver’s ID number. If you do not have a West Virginia driver’s license or DMV-issued ID, enter the last four digits of your social security number. If you do not have a driver’s license, DMV ID or a social security number, enter the word “NONE”. An ID number will be assigned to you.
  3. Box 7 – Choice of Party: West Virginia recommends that you register with a party to participate in partisan primary elections. You should register with the party whose primary you would like to vote in. However both major parties allow unaffiliated voters to participate in their primary elections.
  4. Box 8 – Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank. This information is not required.
  5. Review the “Who can vote?” section above and check that you’re eligible.
  6. Sign the form.
  7. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
  8. If you are registering to vote for the first time in your jurisdiction and are mailing this registration application, Federal law requires you to show proof of identification the first time you vote. Proof of identification includes: A current and valid photo identification or A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address. More information here.

Election Day registration

West Virginia does not offer registration on Election Day.

In-person voter registration

  • You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote. The deadline to register to vote in person is Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
  • Learn more by visiting the Secretary of State for West Virginia or contacting your local election official.
  • Exception: Authorized late voter registration from certain uniformed and overseas voters accepted from Wednesday, October 14, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020

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Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and overseas citizens 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. Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it. Following are recommended return dates to make sure your ballot arrives at your election office on time:
    • 35 days before election – On a ship at sea: September 28, 2020
    • 30 days before election – Outside of the US: October 2, 2020
    • 11 days before the election – Stateside: October 23, 2020
  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.
  6. Exception: Authorized late voter registration from certain uniformed and overseas voters accepted from Wednesday, October 14, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020

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. You can also call 1-800-438-VOTE or email vote@fvap.gov

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 3, 2020.
  • The deadline to register online to vote is Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
  • The deadline for registering by mail to vote is (postmarked by) Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
  • The deadline to register in person to vote is Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
  • The deadline to request a ballot by mail is (received by) Wednesday, October 28, 2020.
  • The early voting period runs from Wednesday, October 21, 2020 to Saturday, October 31, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.
  • Exception: Authorized late voter registration from certain uniformed and overseas voters accepted from Wednesday, October 14, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020

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