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Time off for voting

Employees who do not have 3 hours of their own time during polling hours are entitled to up to 3 paid hours leave to vote. The employee must demand leave in writing at least three days before Election Day. In certain essential operations, employers receiving written request can schedule the hours when employees will be allowed to leave to vote.

2015 Important Events Calendar

EventDate
April 2015 Dates
Deadline for write-in candidates to fileApril 21, 2015 -
Mail absentee ballots within one day of receiving a completed application if the ballots are availableApril 24, 2015
May 2015 Dates
Last day to register to vote in municipal electionMay 9, 2015
Early voting starts - conducted during regular business hours and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every SaturdayMay 27, 2015
June 2015 Dates
Deadline to submit absentee ballot applicationJune 3, 2015 -
Early voting ends - conducted during regular business hours and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every SaturdayJune 6, 2015
Last day to receive a hand-delivered absentee ballotJune 8, 2015 -
Municipal General Election Day, (6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.) June 9, 2015
Deadline to accept absentee ballots (without postmark) June 10, 2015 -
Deadline for military and overseas absentee ballots or those postmarked by U.S. Postal Service by June 10 accepted until the start of canvassJune 15, 2015

2016 Important Events Calendar

EventDate
January 2016 Dates
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 -
General: 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 PeriodJanuary 11, 2016 -
Primary: Candidate Filing PeriodJanuary 30, 2016
February 2016 Dates
Primary: All other eligible voters may apply to receive an absentee ballot by mail. Learn more about voting absentee. February 16, 2016 -
April 2016 Dates
Primary: Deadline to register to vote for the Primary Election. Learn more about voter registration.April 19, 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
May 2016 Dates
Primary: All other eligible voters may apply to receive an absentee ballot by mail. Learn more about voting absentee. May 4, 2016 -
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 DayMay 10, 2016
August 2016 Dates
General: All other eligible voters may apply to receive an absentee ballot by mail. Learn more about voting absentee. August 16, 2016 -
October 2016 Dates
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
November 2016 Dates
General: All other eligible voters may apply to receive an absentee ballot by mail. Learn more about voting absentee.November 2, 2016 -
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 -
General Election Day Polls open 6:30am through 7:30pmNovember 8, 2016

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.

West Virginia: Voting at the Polls on Election Day

Preparing to Vote

  • Sometimes people are nervous about voting because they are uncertain how things are done at the polls. Understanding where to go and what to expect at the polling place will help you vote, and help you recognize problems which might be occurring at the polling place
  • Remember that on Election Day you must vote at your assigned polling location. If the polling place is not accessible to you because of a disability, contact your County Clerk as soon as possible to arrange for voting at another location.

When are the polls open?

  • The polls are open from 6:30a.m. to 7:30p.m. in West Virginia. Voters who arrive at their precinct before 7:30p.m., but have not been able to vote, will be given a Waiting Voter Permit.

Can I request time off to vote?

  • 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.

Acceptable IDs to Vote

  • West Virginians are not required to show proof of Identification at the polls.

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