Upcoming Elections in West Virginia
What's on West Virginia ballot in 2016
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Who Can Vote in Primaries in West Virginia?
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2016 Election Dates and Deadlines
|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|
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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.
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
- 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.
Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?
NO: West Virginia does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.
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