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West Virginia

Population

1,792,147

Voting-Age Pop.

1,442,035

Last Presidential Election (2016)
Clinton 26 %
Trump 69 %
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Important Dates

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Election Date

Nov 3, 2020

Registration Deadline

Oct 13, 2020

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USPS recommends mailing your ballot no later than October 27.

Source: USPS.com

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  • Online Registration

    Yes
  • Early Voting
    Yes
  • Same-Day Registration
    No
  • ID Required
    Yes

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Absentee/Mail-In Voting

Certain registered voters may receive and vote an absentee ballot by mail.

Data source - sos.wv.gov

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  • No, residents of West Virginia must register for an absentee ballot for the general election.

Mail Outline Icon Is this state automatically sending an absentee or mail-in ballot?

No, residents of West Virginia must register for an absentee ballot for the general election.

Applications must be received by: Oct 28 Chevron Icon

  • The absentee ballot application must be received in your county clerk’s office by the 6th day before each election.

Applications must be received by: Oct 28

The absentee ballot application must be received in your county clerk’s office by the 6th day before each election.

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  • Sept 18: County clerks begin mailing ballots on the 46th day before the election.

When will I receive my ballot?

Sept 18: County clerks begin mailing ballots on the 46th day before the election.

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  • In person: Received by Nov 2. For hand delivery, absentee ballots must be delivered to the county clerk's office by the day before Election Day.

    Postmarked by Nov 3; Received by start of canvass: Unless a voter is a military or overseas voter, the ballot must be postmarked by Election Day and received by the start of canvass, which begins in most counties five days after Election Day (Nov 8).

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In person: Received by Nov 2. For hand delivery, absentee ballots must be delivered to the county clerk's office by the day before Election Day.

Postmarked by Nov 3; Received by start of canvass: Unless a voter is a military or overseas voter, the ballot must be postmarked by Election Day and received by the start of canvass, which begins in most counties five days after Election Day (Nov 8).

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  • Due to concerns of Covid-19, all voters may apply to vote absentee in the 2020 general election because of a “medical reason”. Check out other valid reasons to vote absentee in the link below.

Excuse Icon Excuse required, Covid-19 excuse permitted

Due to concerns of Covid-19, all voters may apply to vote absentee in the 2020 general election because of a “medical reason”. Check out other valid reasons to vote absentee in the link below.


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Early Voting

Can you vote early in this state?

Yes

Oct 21-31: Early voting available at the county courthouse, annex or designated community voting location during normal business hours and Saturdays 9am to 5pm.


Same-Day Registration

Can you register on Election Day?

No

To vote in the next election, you must register at least 21 days before Election Day.


Voter ID Requirements

Is an ID required to vote?

Yes

During the early voting period or on Election Day, you must show a photo ID, unless you're voting absentee by mail. A voter doesn't have to show ID if 1) the voter is accompanied by an adult who signs an affidavit that confirms the voter's identity, 2) a poll worker has known the voter for at least six months, 3) the voter is a resident of a West Virginia care facility, the care facility is a polling place and the resident's polling place is located at the care facility.


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Acceptable Forms of Identification

Make sure you're ready on Election Day with the appropriate forms of identification. Acceptable forms of ID are listed here.

Data source - sos.wv.gov

Acceptable Forms of ID

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  • US Passport

  • US Government Employee ID or Military ID

  • Medicare Card

  • Social Security Card

  • Birth Certificate

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  • West Virginia Driver's License

  • West Virginia Government Employee ID or Military ID

  • Voter Registration Card

  • WV Hunting or Fishing License

  • WV SNAP ID Card

  • WV TANF Program ID Card

  • WV Medicaid ID Card

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  • Utility Bill

    Issued within six months of the date of the election

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