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Last update: Feb 17, 2021
Who can vote
- 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
- You can 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 driver's license or state ID card 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.
By-mail voter registration
Use the West Virginia voter registration form
You can 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
Use the National Voter Registration Form
- Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
- 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.
- 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.
- Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank. This information is not required.
- Review the "Who can vote?" section above and check that you're eligible.
- Sign the form.
- Send the completed form to your local election official
- 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.
In-person voter registration
Election Day registration
Get step-by-step help
Military and overseas voters
- 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.
- Send the application to your election official.
- It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. .
- Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it.
- 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.
- 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.
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