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West Virginia Elections Schedule

Poll Hours: 6:30 AM-7:30 PM

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines
May 10, 2016 - Presidential Primary Election Day
Mayoral Elections and Others
  • General: Uniformed and Overseas Voters may apply to receive an absentee ballot by mail or electronically. Learn more about uniformed and overseas voting.
  • Primary: Uniformed and Overseas Voters may apply to receive an absentee ballot by mail or electronically. Learn more about uniformed and overseas voting.
January 1, 2016
  • Primary: Candidate Filing Period
January 11, 2016
  • Primary: Candidate Filing Period
January 30, 2016
  • Primary: All other eligible voters may apply to receive an absentee ballot by mail. Learn more about voting absentee.
February 16, 2016
  • Primary: Deadline to register to vote for the Primary Election. Learn more about voter registration.
April 19, 2016
  • Morgantown Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Marti Shamberger - Population(30,666)
    April Mayor Elect takes office 7/7/2015.
April 26, 2016
  • Early Voting is open during regular business hours at each Primary: county courthouse or courthouse annex. Early Voting is also available each Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Contact your County Clerk to confirm Early Voting hours and locations.
April 27, 2016
  • Primary: All other eligible voters may apply to receive an absentee ballot by mail. Learn more about voting absentee.
  • Primary: Uniformed and Overseas Voters may apply to receive an absentee ballot by mail or electronically. Learn more about uniformed and overseas voting.
May 4, 2016
  • Early Voting is open during regular business hours at each Primary: county courthouse or courthouse annex. Early Voting is also available each Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Contact your County Clerk to confirm Early Voting hours and locations.
May 7, 2016
  • Primary Election Day
  • Wheeling Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Andy McKenzie - Population(28,486)
May 10, 2016
  • General: All other eligible voters may apply to receive an absentee ballot by mail. Learn more about voting absentee.
August 16, 2016
  • General: Deadline to register to vote for the General Election. Learn more about voter registration.
October 18, 2016
  • Early Voting is open during regular business hours at each General: county courthouse or courthouse annex. Early Voting is also available each Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Contact your County Clerk to confirm Early Voting hours and locations.
October 26, 2016
  • General: All other eligible voters may apply to receive an absentee ballot by mail. Learn more about voting absentee.
  • General: Uniformed and Overseas Voters may apply to receive an absentee ballot by mail or electronically. Learn more about uniformed and overseas voting.
November 2, 2016
  • Early Voting is open during regular business hours at each General: county courthouse or courthouse annex. Early Voting is also available each Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Contact your County Clerk to confirm Early Voting hours and locations.
November 5, 2016
  • Huntington Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Steve Williams - Population(49,138)
  • Parkersburg Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Robert Newell - Population(31,492)
  • General Election Day Polls open 6:30am through 7:30pm
November 8, 2016

Polls are open from 6:30AM to 7:30 PM. Find your polling place.

What Happens at the Polling Place?

  • You will check in with the poll workers at the registration table (there may be a line).
  • The poll worker will ask you to state your name and address, and they will search their list of registered voters for your name.

- If you are a first-time voter, the poll workers may ask for your identification. What documents are accepted?

If you are registering to vote for the first time in West Virginia or your county, and you have not voted in a federal election in this state, you must show a valid ID with your application or the first time you vote. If you mail your application, you may send a copy of a valid ID. We accept the following documents that show your current name and address:

  • Valid photo identification
  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Any other official government document

The poll worker will show your name and address on the list of voters. He or she will then ask you to verify your information and sign. If your name or address has changed, you may update this information. If you have moved outside of your precinct but in the same county, you should call the County Clerk's Office to find out your new polling place. Your vote may not count if you vote in the wrong polling place on Election Day.

poll worker will take you to the voting booth where you will vote your ballot. Different counties have different methods of voting: learn about your counties voting system.

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West Virginia Elections: What's At Stake In 2016?

Why the 2016 Presidential Election Could Impact Your Way Of Living For Generations to Come

Democrats and Republicans The 2016 Presidential Election is crucial to both Republicans and Democrats since the next President of the United States could nominate as many as four Supreme Court justices. As many as four seats on the Supreme Court could become vacant during the next few years with four supreme court justices over the age of 80. This means the next president could have the power to transform the supreme court, and American law, for generations to come. (See Election Dates and Deadlines)

President Barack Obama The United States presidential election of 2016 is an Open Race since the Incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama is term-limited and cannot run for re-election to a third term in office.

President Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009, and was sworn in for his second term on January 20, 2013.
(Browse 2016 Presidentials)

West Virginia 2016 Governor race

In 2016, there will be a Governor race in West Virginia. The Incumbent Governor is NOT running for re-election.

It is important to note that since the incumbent is not running for re-election, this is an open race where both Democrats and Republicans will try to win the seat.

West Virginia Governor Race - Open Race

West Virginia Governor Race - Open Race Incumbent Democratic Governor Earl Ray Tomblin is term-limited and cannot run for re-election to a third term in office. Earl Ray Tomblin was sworn in as governor of West Virginia on November 13, 2011, and was sworn in for his second term on January 14, 2013.

Governor Tomblin won a very close race in 2012 with 50.5% of the vote against the republican candidate Bill Maloney who came second with 45.7% of the vote. (see 2012 election results)

West Virginia 2016 Att. General race

In 2016, there will be a Att. General race in West Virginia. The Incumbent Att. General is running for re-election.

West Virginia Att. General Race - Incumbent (Republican) Running

West Virginia Att. General Race - Incumbent (Republican) Running Incumbent Republican Attorney General, Patrick Morrisey, is running for re-election to a second term in office. Patrick Morrisey won a very competitive race in 2012 with 51.3% of the vote against the incumbent Democratic candidate, Darrell McGraw, who came in second with 48.7% of the vote. (see 2012 Election results in West Virginia)

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TIME OFF FOR VOTING: Yes

You can request up to 3 hours off from your employer, without taking leave or a deduction of pay, if you do not have at least 3 hours before or after work that you can go to the polls to vote. This request must be made in writing and be given to your employer at least 3 days prior to election day. If you have time before or after work to go to the polls to vote, this provision does not apply to you.

Important Note:

While we are working to give you up-to-date information, we urge you to be proactive! In order to ensure you have all the information you need before casting your vote, you should also check with your state and local election officials for information about additional requirements or regulations.

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