West Virginia

40% of 18-29 year olds voted in West Virginia in 2020*

*Source CIRCLE - Youth Voting and Civic Engagement in America

Your voter registration application must be received on or by October 13, 2020 in order to be eligible to vote in the 2020 General Election.

Check Registration Status

Check your West Virginia voter registration status here.



In order to register to vote, you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 17 years old and will be 18 years old by the next General Election, and a resident of West Virginia (and the county where you registered).

  • In order to register to vote you cannot be judged mentally incompetent by a court of law or be under conviction for a felony. Click here for more information about felons and their voting rights.
  • College students may choose to register to vote at either their home address OR at their college address.


The deadline to register online, by mail, or in-person for the 2020 General Election is October 13, 2020.


Voter Registration Process

There are three primary methods of registering to vote in West Virginia: registering online, mailing in a printable application, or registering in-person.

  • Further voter registration information for West Virginia can be found here.

This page was last updated for the 2020 Election.

Questions? Contact us here.

West Virginia offers absentee by-mail and early absentee in-person voting. Voters are encouraged to consider voting using one of these methods in order to minimize their risk of exposure to COVID-19. Click here to view frequently asked questions for the
West Virginia 2020 General Election amid COVID-19 Emergency.

Vote-By-Mail Practices

In West Virginia, you must have a reason to be eligible to vote by mail. Eligible reasons to apply for an absentee ballot can be found here. Click here to access West Virginia’s Absentee Ballot Application.

  • The deadline to request an absentee by-mail ballot is six days before the election (October 28, 2020). The application can be returned by mail, scanned, or in-person, but ID is required regardless of the returning method.
  • Your completed mail-in ballot/absentee ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day (November 3, 2020), unless you are a military or overseas voter. The ballot may be hand-delivered at the Clerk’s office (there are no ballot drop boxes). The ballot must be received no later than five days after the election. Track your ballot here.
  • Further absentee by-mail voting information for West Virginia is listed here.

Early Voting

West Virginia offers early voting.

  • Early voting, also known as in-person absentee voting, will be available from October 21 to October 31, 2020 at the county courthouse, annex, or designated community voting location during normal business hours and Saturdays 9 am to 5 pm.

Poll Finder

Locate your polling place here.


Election Day Practices

On Election Day, the polls are open 6:30 am-7:30 pm.

  • In order to vote in West Virginia, you must present a valid form of ID. Information about acceptable forms of ID can be found here.
  • Further West Virginia voting information is listed here.

This page was last updated for the 2020 Election.

Questions? Contact us here.