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
- 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
- Download and fill out the West Virginia absentee ballot application.
- Sign and date your form.
- 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.
- The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot by-mail is: Received 6 days before Election Day.
- 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
- Once you receive your absentee ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
- 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.
- 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.