Voting in the General Election

Posted on 09/19/20

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted everyday life for all of us, but there is one staple of American life that won't be affected in this most unusual time in our lives.  It is one of the most important rights that we as Americans have: Voting.

West Virginia voters have several options to vote:

- In-person voting on Election Day, November 3rd

- 10-day early voting period

- Expanded use of the absentee ballot process.

In addition to in-person voting on Election Day, November 3rd from 6:30am to 7:30 pm, voters can also vote during the 10-day early voting period (from October 21 to October 31). Voters with concerns about COVID-19, with certain physical disabilities and people who fall under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act have the option to receive, mark, and return an absentee ballot by mail.

There are three simple steps to voting an absentee-by-mail ballot, but if you plan to vote by absentee ballot, you must act quickly.

  • In order to receive an absentee ballot, you must return your application to your local county clerk - it must be received in the county clerk's office by October 28th. If you are voting absentee due to COVID-19 concerns, you can check the box that says "illness, injury or other medical reason which keeps me confined" on the application for an absentee ballot.
  • Once approved, the county clerk will mail a postage prepaid absentee ballot with instructions and materials to you.
  • You mark the absentee ballot according to the instructions and place it in the mail - it must be postmarked by November 3rd. 

If you need information about polling places or where to send your absentee ballot application - contact your County Clerk. You can find your County Clerk here. 

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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