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West Virginia: Latest Election & Voting Updates

Last updated Friday, May 22, 2020 12:33 AM ET

Important News

  1. Tuesday, May 19, 2020

    Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline

  2. Wednesday, May 27, 2020

    Primary Election Early Voting Begins

    Voters will be asked to show identification.

  3. Wednesday, June 3, 2020

    Primary Election Absentee Ballot Application Deadline

  4. Saturday, June 6, 2020

    Primary Election Early Voting Ends

  5. Monday, June 8, 2020

    Primary Election Deadline for Returning Absentee Ballot In Person

    Completed absentee ballots can be returned by mail or in-person to your county clerk's office.

  6. Tuesday, June 9, 2020

    Primary Election Postmark Deadline for Absentee Ballots

    Mailed absentee ballots should be postmarked by June 9 and received by June 15 in order to be counted.

  7. Tuesday, June 9, 2020

    Primary Election Day

    Polling locations will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Voters will be asked to show identification.

  8. Tuesday, October 13, 2020

    General Election Voter Registration Deadline

  9. Wednesday, October 21, 2020

    General Election Early Voting Begins

    Voters will be asked to show identification.

  10. Wednesday, October 28, 2020

    General Election Absentee Ballot Application Deadline

  11. Saturday, October 31, 2020

    General Election Early Voting Ends

  12. Monday, November 2, 2020

    General Election Deadline to Return Absentee Ballot In Person

  13. Tuesday, November 3, 2020

    General Election Postmark Deadline for Absentee Ballots

    Mailed absentee ballots should be postmarked by November 3 and received by the beginning of the state's canvass in order to be counted.

  14. Tuesday, November 3, 2020

    Election Day

    Voters will be asked to show identification.

vote absentee icon. How to vote absentee in West Virginia

West Virginia generally allows voters to cast an absentee ballot only under certain circumstances; however, the Secretary of State has issued an emergency rule clarifying that any voter who does not wish to vote in person due to concerns about coronavirus may vote absentee. This emergency rule will remain in place as long as the Governor’s declaration of emergency is, and it is unclear if that will include the November election.

  • Make sure you’re registered to vote
  • Request your ballot by completing the form on the Secretary of States' website. You should check "Illness, injury or other medical reason which keeps me confined” as the reason for wishing to vote absentee in Section 4 of the absentee voting application. Registered voters may also receive an absentee ballot request form in the mail for the May 12 primary election as part of a state-wide effort to encourage absentee voting.

Take Action to Support Safe & Secure Elections in West Virginia

Below are some practical, positive actions you can take to help voters prepare for the 2020 election and cast their ballots in the way that’s best and healthiest for them.

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Information about voting is based on:

  • Official policy announcements on government websites
  • News stories citing verified statements from government officials

Information about actions people can take will be:

  • Non-partisan 
  • Positive and practical
  • Community-based and supported by trusted partners and networks

Policy information will focus on:

  • Proactive steps officials are taking to hold elections
  • How community groups, individuals and businesses are supporting elections
  • Public education efforts around voting
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  • Provide mail ballot options to all eligible voters, including the ability to request ballots online in a secure and equitable manner;
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