Box 6 - ID Number: Enter your WV driver’s license number. If you do not have a driver’s license number, enter the last four numbers of your social security number. If you do not have either of these numbers, write NONE on the form.
Box 7 - Choice of Party: You should register with a party if you want to take part in that party’s primary election, caucus, or convention. It is up to the party to decide if it will let independents vote in their primaries.
Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank.
Print, date, and sign the form. If you do not have a printer, you can print the form out at any local library. If you do not have a stamp, you can buy one from any grocery store: just ask the cashier to sell you one.
Mail your voter registration form to the mailing address below. For faster delivery, send the form directly to your Local Election Office.
Your voter registration form must be postmarked by October 13, 2020
You must provide your West Virginia driver's license number, state ID number, or the last four digits of your social security number with your voter registration application. You may physically show government-issued valid ID, such as your driver's license or state-issued ID, so as to not need to show ID when voting.
This is the statewide agency that is ultimately responsible for West Virginia elections. You can contact them with questions, but your Local Election Office will probably respond faster.
Secretary of State
Building 1, Suite 157‐K
1900 Kanawha Blvd. East
Charleston, WV 25305‐0770
West Virginia vote by mail guide
West Virginia vote by mail guide
Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the state records. 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 overview
Voting by mail is not as complicated as you might think. There are only a handful of steps:
Request your mail-in ballot by the deadline.
Receive your mail-in ballot via USPS.
Return your mail-in ballot by the deadline.
West Virginia vote by mail rules
You must provide an excuse to vote by mail in West Virginia, but 100% of registered 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 vote by mail ballot application.
West Virginia voters can request a mail-in ballot online as of August 2020.
West Virginia vote by mail ID requirements (request)
To request a ballot ONLINE you will 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.
West Virginia vote by mail ID requirements (return)
You do NOT need ID when returning 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: