Upcoming Elections in West Virginia

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines

November 8,2016 - General Election Day
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail: Absentee Voting: All other eligible voters may apply to receive an absentee ballot by mail. August 16,2016
Candidate Ballot Access - Write-In candidates ballot access deadline: Individuals who wish to be elected to an office by write-in votes may file the write-in candidate certificate of announcement. September 20,2016
Voter Registration Ends: Deadline to register to vote for the General Election. October 18,2016
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts: Early Voting is open during regular business hours at each 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
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends: All other eligible voters may apply to receive an absentee ballot by mail. November 2,2016
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends: Early Voting is open during regular business hours at each 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
Mayoral Elections and Others
  • 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: James E. Colombo - Population(31,492)
  • General Election Day Polls open 6:30am through 7:30pm
November 8, 2016

Can I Take 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.

Voting At The Polls On Election Day

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

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is, you can use apps.sos.wv.gov to find your polling place.If you have any issues or questions, please contact your County Clerk. Please note polls are open from 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM on Election Day.

Am I eligible To Vote in West Virginia?

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements of your State of residence. Check if you are eligible to vote in West Virginia

How/Where Do I Register To Vote in West Virginia?

Do you know how or where to register to vote in West Virginia? Click here for more information

What's on West Virginia ballot in 2016

Do you know what you are voting for in 2016? Click here to see what will be on the statewide and local ballots

Who Can Vote in Primaries in West Virginia?

Primary elections are one means by which a political party nominates candidates for the next general election. Check if you are eligible to vote in Primary Elections in West Virginia

Can I Register To Vote At The Polls On Election Day?

Do you know if West Virginia if one of the States that allow voters to register at the polls on Election day? Click here for more information

Am I eligible To Vote Absentee Ballot in West Virginia?

Most States allow voters to vote using an absentee ballot under certain circumstances. Do you know if you are eligible to vote absentee ballot and how to vote absentee ballot in West Virginia? Check on the requirements for requesting and returning an absentee ballot

If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting Check if you need to re-register to vote

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