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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.

2014 Important Events Calendar

EventDate
January 2014 Dates
Filing deadline for primary Ballot accessJanuary 25, 2014 -
April 2014 Dates
Voting is open during regular business hours at each county courthouse or annex. Early Voting is also available each Saturday during the Early Voting period from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.April 30, 2014 -
May 2014 Dates
Congressional PrimaryMay 13, 2014
August 2014 Dates
Independent Filing deadline for General ElectionAugust 1, 2014 -
October 2014 Dates
Voter Registration Deadline - October 14, 2014
General Election Early Voting:Early Voting is open during regular business hours at each county courthouse of courthouse annex. Early Voting is also available each Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pmOctober 22, 2014
Last Day to Receive Absentee Ballot ApplicationsOctober 29, 2014 -
Uniformed and Overseas Voters may request an absentee ballot.October 29, 2014
November 2014 Dates
Last Day for Early Voting in PersonNovember 1, 2014 -
Deadline to Hand-Deliver Absentee Ballots to the County Clerk's OfficeNovember 3, 2014
November General Election DayNovember 4, 2014
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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