Voter Registration Requirements

  • You need to be a resident of West Virginia and the county where you register.
  • You need to be a United States citizen.
  • You need to be 18 or older on Election Day.
  • You can't have been judged "mentally incompetent" in a court of competent jurisdiction.
  • You can't currently be incarcerated or on parole or probation for a felony, treason, or bribery in an election, under either state or federal law.
  • If you're a first-time voter who registers by mail, you're required to submit proof of identification either at the time of registration or when you vote. You can include a copy of your identification with your registration form today! Acceptable forms of ID include: a current utility bill, bank statement, valid photo ID, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.

Don't forget -- your state may have additional ID requirements when you go to the polls.


If you have additional questions about voting in West Virginia, please contact:

Elections Division: (304)-558-6000; elections@wvsos.com

Registration Deadline

  • Postmarked by: 21 days before Election Day.

Felony Information

Under West Virginia law, if you have previously been convicted of a felony, you may register and vote when you have completed all parts of your sentence, including probation and parole. For more information, visit the West Virginia Elections Division's website.

Information for Students

  • You must be a resident of the state in which you register and vote. If you're a student from West Virginia who attends school in another state, you may need to determine whether you're a West Virginia resident or a resident of the state where you attend school. The important thing to keep in mind is that you may only cast your vote in one state.
  • Here's what West Virginia says about residency: Under West Virginia law, you are presumed to have the right to choose your own residence. Your residence for voting purposes is the place where you live, and that you have the intention of making, and treat as, a permanent home.
  • If you determine you're a West Virginia resident, but will not be present in this state or will be away from your home district on Election Day, be sure to check the absentee ballot application requirements and deadlines. In addition, West Virginia residents who attend school in-state, but in a different election district, may be eligible to register and vote in the election district where they live while attending school.
  • To determine whether you're a resident of a different state where you attend school, be sure to check that state's residency requirements.

Identification Information

First-time voters who registered by mail may need to show ONE of the following forms of identification:

  • Valid and current photo ID, or
  • Current utility bill, or
  • Current bank statement, or
  • Current paycheck, or
  • Current government check, or
  • Other current government document that shows your name and address

Same Day Registration

No

Early Voting Information

In West Virginia, you don't have to wait until Election Day to vote. You can skip Election Day lines and vote early at a time that's convenient for you.


Vote Early in Person


All voters in West Virginia can vote in person before Election Day at County Clerk's offices from October 24, 2012 through November 3, 2012.

Vote Early by Mail


You can also vote before Election Day by completing an absentee ballot and submitting it by mail, so long as one of the following applies to you:

  • Travel or Work makes you unable to vote in person on Election Day and unable to vote during Early In Person voting
  • Your hours of employment make voting impossible
  • You maintain your voting residence in West Virginia and live there the majority of the time but live elsewhere for part of the year
  • You have been given a job assignment which requires you to live outside your county or West Virginia for a definite time
  • You have Health Problems or a Physical Disability that keeps you confined to your home or other care facility so that you cannot vote in person
  • Your polling place is inaccessible to you because of your physical disability or other reason
  • A family member been hospitalized because of an emergency during the last seven days before the election and will still be in the hospital or nursing facility on election day
  • You are a Military or Overseas Voter or the spouse or dependent of someone in the service
  • You attend school away from home
  • You are under Incarceration or detention in jail or in home.

If you are eligible to apply for Absentee Voting, complete the Absentee Voter Application and return it to your County Clerk's office either by mail or in person. Your County Clerk's office must receive your application by the 6th day before the election.

Your completed ballot must either be postmarked by Election Day and received by your County Clerk's office by 6 days after, or returned to your County Clerk's office in person by Election Day.


Secretary of State