Your local election office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your driver’s license. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.
West Virginia vote by mail deadlines
Earliest day to apply: August 11, 2020
Request your mail-in ballot (online): Received by October 28, 2020
Request your mail-in ballot (by mail): Received by October 28, 2020
Request your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by October 28, 2020
Return your mail-in ballot (by mail): Postmarked by November 3, 2020
Return your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by November 2, 2020
West Virginia vote by mail rules
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.
West Virginia vote by mail ID requirements
To request a ballot ONLINE, you need your West Virginia driver's license number, state ID number, or the last 4 digits of your social security number. If you request a ballot by MAIL or IN PERSON, you do not need ID.
You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
West Virginia vote by mail directions
In almost all cases, you will need to sign up to vote by mail. The state won’t just mail you a ballot. Don't worry: we will walk you through it. There are only a handful of steps:
You submit an application to vote by mail
Your local election office processes your application
Your local election office sends your ballot to you
You vote using the ballot and return it by the deadline
Your ballot must be received by the deadline or it will not be counted.
Two important things to note:
The Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your driver’s license and on your voter registration form to make sure they match. So please sign carefully.
The post office will deliver your ballot even if you don’t have a stamp as long as you use the return envelope provided by your state. This envelope will say “official election mail.” The USPS will always deliver official election mail -- no stamp needed.