En español | West Virginia’s May 10 primaries will determine which candidates appear on November’s general election ballots for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, the State Senate and House of Delegates, and other state, county and municipal offices. A new redistricting plan has redrawn boundaries for U.S. House districts and created new single-delegate districts for the 100-member state House of Delegates.
West Virginians who obtain or renew a driver’s license in person at the Department of Motor Vehicles will be automatically registered to vote unless they opt out. The deadline to register is April 19 for the primaries and Oct. 18 for the general election. West Virginia does not allow voters to register on Election Day.
Those who are registered with a party can vote only in that party’s primary. Unaffiliated voters must choose one party's ballot. If you want to change your party affiliation, you must do so by April 19. You don’t have to be affiliated with a party to vote in the general election.
Your completed absentee ballot must be mailed and postmarked by Election Day for the primaries and the general. Hand-delivered absentee ballots must be taken to your county clerk’s office 24 hours before Election Day. Voters do not have to personally return their completed absentee ballots, but no one person may deliver more than two voters' absentee ballots.
Yes. You can track your absentee ballot using West Virginia’s online tracking tool.
Early in-person voting runs from April 27 to May 7 for the primary and Oct. 26 to Nov. 5 for the general. For locations and hours, check with your county clerk’s office. West Virginia does not provide drop boxes for early voters.
The primary election is Tuesday, May 10; the general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. for both.
Yes. All forms of acceptable ID, such as a driver’s license, U.S. passport, birth certificate or voter registration card, must be current — not expired. You won’t need ID if you’re voting absentee or if you fall under the three categories of exempt voters, including residents of state-run long-term care facilities.
First-time voters who haven’t provided ID when registering to vote must provide a state-approved ID. If you are a registered voter and cannot get an approved ID, you may apply for a free voter ID card at your county clerk's office. Applications must be submitted in person.
Editor’s note: This guide was updated on Jan. 19 with information about absentee balloting and COVID-19 concerns in the 2022 elections. The guide was first published on Aug. 5, 2020. Voting rules, procedures and candidates may change before Election Day. We’ll keep this guide updated, so bookmark this page and check back.
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