En español | West Virginia’s Nov. 8 general election includes races for the U.S. House of Representatives, the State Senate and House of Delegates, and other state, county and municipal offices. The state’s primary took place on May 10.
The state's redistricting plan has redrawn boundaries for U.S. House districts and created new single-delegate districts for the 100-member 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 Oct. 18 for the general election. West Virginia does not permit voters to register on Election Day.
Your completed absentee ballot must be mailed and postmarked by Election Day. 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 Oct. 26 to Nov. 5. For locations and hours, check with your county clerk’s office. West Virginia does not provide drop boxes for early voters.
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 May 11 with information about how to vote in the 2022 elections. The guide was first published on Aug. 5, 2020.
This story is provided by AARP West Virginia. Visit the AARP West Virginia page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.
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