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West Virginia Voter Information

Mar. 10, 2014 @ 10:45 AM

Election days and polling hours

Primary election: Tuesday, May 13

General election: Tuesday, Nov. 4

Polling hours: 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Qualifications to register to vote

You are eligible to register to vote in West Virginia if you are:

  • A resident of West Virginia and the county where you register.
  • A U.S. citizen.
  • At least 17 years old and 18 before the next general election.
  • Not currently under conviction for a felony, including probation or parole, or a court ruling of mental incompetence. (Voting rights are restored when the term of conviction ends.)
  • You may register at any time. To be eligible to vote in a specific election, you must register 21 days before that election.

Registering to vote

In person: Register at a registration office listed below. Bring proof of physical address (i.e. driver's license; utility bill; bank statement; paycheck; and other government document).

  • The county clerk's office at your county courthouse (If it is close to an election, registering at the county clerk's office is the best place to go to be certain you will be on the books on election day.)
  • Driver license offices
  • Public assistance agencies
  • Agencies which serve people with disabilities
  • Marriage license offices (at county clerk's offices)
  • Military recruiting offices

By mail: Request an application from your county clerk or the Secretary of State, or download a mail-in registration form from the Secretary of State website by clicking here. If you registered by mail, remember to take your driver's license or other ID and proof of age to the polls the first time you vote.

Updating your registration: If you move within your county or change your name, update your registration in one of these ways:

  • At your county clerk's office or other registration office.
  • By mail, using the regular mail-in voter registration form.
  • Update your registration by downloading a mail-in registration form by going to the website.
  • At your polling place, if you did not move to a different precinct.
  • At your new polling place if you moved to a new precinct, although you will have to vote a provisional ballot since your registration would not be available to check.

Registration deadlines

May 13 Primary Election: Tuesday, April 22

Nov. 4 General Election: Tuesday, Oct. 14

Identification requirements

If you registered by mail, remember to take your driver's license or other ID and proof of age to the polls the first time you vote.

Where to vote

If you are uncertain about your polling place location, check with your County Clerk. Your voter registration record can be checked to make sure you are registered at your current address, and the clerk can tell you where your polling place is located.

Voting in the Primary Election

When you register to vote in West Virginia, you may indicate a political party choice on the application to register, or you may check "No Party Affiliation."

If the party you prefer is listed, you may check the box beside that name and you will registered in that party. If the party your prefer is not listed, you may enter another party name on the line next to "Other Party." It is permissible to enter the name of any political party, regardless of whether the party is active in West Virginia. If you do not want to be associated with any political party, checking "No Party Affiliation" will make your registration independent of all parties.

The important thing to remember is that your choice will affect your options for voting for partisan candidates in the Primary Election, when parties make their nominations. Also, if you ever decide to run for office, you may only file for nomination in a party in which you are registered.

West Virginia has a "closed" primary, which means that people registered in one party cannot vote for candidates in another party. At the Primary Election, if you have listed a party choice on your voter registration, you will be given the ballot of that party. You will not have the right to receive the ballot of a different party.

If you register with no party affiliation, you will be given a non-partisan ballot (for Board of Education and any issues on the ballot) in the Primary Election. The political parties have the right to decide who may participate in their nominating processes. The Republican, Mountain or Democratic Party allow any voter who is not registered with an official party to vote in their Primary Election.

A party change must be filed by the close of registration (21 days) before a primary election for you to be eligible to vote the new party's ballot in the primary.

Absentee voting for the May 13 Primary Election

On Jan. 1, county clerks started accepting applications for absentee ballots from military and overseas voters. For all others, applications for absentee ballots can be submitted to your county clerk from Feb. 18 to May 7. May 7 is the last day for the clerk to receive absentee ballot applications in order for ballot to be mailed. Faxed applications accepted if fax number available but original must be mailed back with voted ballot.

Deadlines for returning completed absentee ballots in the Primary Election:

May 12: Last day hand-delivered absentee ballot by mail may be accepted by clerk.

May 14: Last day absentee ballots without postmarks or shipping date marks received by mail or express delivery may be accepted for counting, except:

May 19 at start of canvass: Last time absentee ballots from military or overseas voters without postmarks or shipping date marks received by mail or express delivery may be accepted for counting.

May 19 at start of canvass: Last time absentee ballots with postmarks or shipping dates by election day received by mail of express delivery may be accepted for counting.

Emergency absentee voting period for the May 13 Primary Election

The period is from May 6 to noon May 13. Voters admitted on or after May 6, 2014, to a hospital or other licensed health-care facility within area served as a result of an emergency may request emergency absentee ballot.

Absentee voting for the Nov. 4 General Election

Applications for absentee ballot by mail accepted from voters eligible to vote absentee by mail if received by clerk from Aug. 12 to Oct. 29, which is the last day for clerk to receive absentee ballot application in order for ballot to be mailed. Faxed applications accepted if fax number available, but original must be mailed back with voted ballot.

Deadlines for returning completed absentee ballots for the Nov. 4 General Election:

Nov. 3: Last day hand-delivered absentee ballot by mail may be accepted by clerk.

Nov. 5: Last day absentee ballots without postmarks or shipping date marks received by mail or express delivery may be accepted for counting, except:

Nov. 10 at start of canvass: Last time absentee ballots from military or overseas voters without postmarks or shipping date marks received by mail or express delivery may be accepted for counting.

Nov. 10 at start of canvass: Last time absentee ballots with postmarks or shipping dates by election day received by mail of express delivery may be accepted for counting.

Emergency absentee voting period for the Nov. 4 General Election

From Oct. 28 to noon Nov. 4, voters admitted on or after Oct. 28, 2014, to a hospital or other licensed health-care facility within area served as a result of an emergency may request emergency absentee ballot.

Early voting

April 30-May 10: Any registered voter may vote in person in the county clerk office or area designated in the county courthouse for the Primary Election.

Oct. 22-Nov. 1: Any registered voter may vote in person in the office of the county clerk or area designated in the county courthouse for the General Election.

West Virginia contact information

Cabell County Clerk

Cabell County Courthouse
750 5th Ave. Suite 108
Huntington, WV 25701
phone: 304-526-8625
fax: 304-526-8632

Lincoln County Clerk

Lincoln County Courthouse
P.O. Box 497
Hamlin, WV 25523
phone: 304-824-3336 ext. 233
fax: 304-824-2444

Mason County Clerk

Mason County Courthouse
200 6th St.
Point Pleasant, WV 25550
phone: 304-675-1997
fax: 304-675-2521

Putnam County Clerk

Putnam County Courthouse
3389 Winfield Road
Winfield, WV 25213
phone: 304-586-0202
fax: 304-586-0280
Website: http://putnamcoclerk.com/

Wayne County Clerk

Wayne County Courthouse
P. O. Box 248
Wayne, WV 25570
phone: 304-272-6369
fax: 304-272-5318

W.Va. Secretary of State

Bldg. 1, Suite 157-K
1900 Kanawha Blvd.
East Charleston, WV 25305-0770
election website: http://www.sos.wv.gov
phone (toll free): (866) 767-8683
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