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West Virginia absentee ballot guide

Last updated: June 25, 2020
  • In West Virginia, you can apply for an absentee ballot by-mail or in-person.

Absentee ballot deadlines

  • In-person: 6 days before Election Day
  • By-mail: Received 6 days before Election Day
  • Online:
  • Voted absentee ballots are due: Postmarked by Election Day

Who can vote by absentee ballot in West Virginia

You may get an absentee ballot and vote by mail in West Virginia if:

  • you will be absent from the county during both the early voting period and Election Day because of personal or business travel or attendance at a college, university or other place of education or training;
  • employment that makes voting in person impossible because of the hours worked and distance from the county seat
  • you are confined to a specific location and prevented from voting in person due to an illness, injury, other medical reason, physical disability, or advanced age;
  • you are incarcerated or detained in jail or a home on Election Day, but not under conviction of any felony, of treason, or of bribery (including any period of probation or parole);
  • you are a participant in the Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) with the Office of the Secretary of State;
  • the county absentee voting office and your polling place are inaccessible to to you due to your physical disability.

Apply by-mail or in-person

  1. Download and fill out the West Virginia absentee ballot application.
  2. Sign and date your form.
  3. Mail or hand-deliver your completed form directly to your local election office. You should submit your form as soon as possible, but no later than the deadline.
  4. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot by-mail is: Received 6 days before Election Day.
  5. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot in-person is: 6 days before Election Day.

Your absentee ballot should arrive within a week of your application. If it doesn’t arrive, call your local election office and follow up.

Once your ballot arrives

  1. Once you receive your absentee ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
  2. Mail or hand-deliver your completed absentee ballot to your local elections office. Your ballot must be received by the deadline or it will not be counted.
  3. Your voted absentee ballot must be postmarked by Election Day.

Confused? Need help?

Contact your local elections office if you have any questions about absentee ballots in West Virginia.