With the election coming close, many already decided citizens are just waiting for their opportunity to vote. Fortunately, 40 states (plus District of Columbia) allow some form of voting before the election on November 3rd.

Each state has its own rules, deadlines and terminology for voting before the general election. Some call it "early voting" or "in-person absentee". Others are mailing out ballots in advance which you can mail back or drop off in secure boxes or at county offices. Some states conclude early voting several days before the election.

This site attempts to make finding the details for your state's early voting rules convenient and accurate. Get your vote in early and relax.

Early voting in West Virginia begins in 2 days on October 21, 2020.

You have until October 31, 2020 to vote before election day.

Can you early vote in person?

  • Early Voting at the county courthouse, annex or designated community voting location during normal business hours and Saturdays 9AM to 5PM.
  • Please contact your County Clerk to confirm Early Voting hours and locations.

Can you early vote by mail?

  • You must provide an excuse to vote by mail in West Virginia, but 100% of voters can use COVID-19 as an excuse.
  • If you are requesting a ballot due to COVID-19 concerns, you must use the "Illness, injury or other medical reason which keeps me confined" excuse on the absentee ballot application.
  • West Virginia voters can request a mail-in ballot online as of August 2020.

What about on election day?

ID requirements

West Virginia voters must provide their West Virginia driver's license number, state ID number, or the last four digits of their social security number with their voter registration application. Voters may physically show government-issued valid ID -- such as their driver's license or state-issued ID -- so as to not need to show ID when voting.

How do I make sure I'm registered to vote?

To register in West Virginia you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • live in West Virginia and in the county in which you are registering
  • be 18 years old by Election Day. If you are 17, you may vote in a primary if you will turn 18 by the general election
  • if you have been convicted of a felony, election bribery, or treason, you must have completed your sentence, including probation and parole
  • not be under conviction, probation, or parole for a felony, treason, or election bribery
  • not have been judged mentally incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction

Can I register online?

West Virginia voters must include their West Virginia driver's license number or state ID number and the last 4 digits of their social security number with their online voter registration application.

Register to vote online here

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