2020 West Virginia Election Information

From the Secretary of State:

Voters who do not wish to vote in person due to the coronavirus situation are eligible to request an absentee ballot by mail. Voters may still vote in-person during Early Voting (April 29-May 9) or on Election Day (May 12). Details here.



Update April 1: West Virginia primary pushed back to June 9 due to COVID-19

ELECTION DAY – June 9   EARLY VOTING – May 27 – June 6

Prepared by the League of Women Voters of the Huntington Area, gibbins@frontier.com

Secretary of State’s website; search for Elections

Cabell County Clerk: 304-526-8625; Courthouse, 756 5th Ave., Suite 108, Huntington, WV 25701

Wayne County Clerk: P.O. Box 248 (mailing), 700 Hendricks Street (physical), Wayne, WV 25570. 304- 272-6362)  renickbooth@waynecountywv.org.

Other WV county clerks’ contact information may be found on the Secretary of State’s website.

Information about Candidates: On May 24 the Huntington Herald-Dispatch will publish a special elections tabloid, with Qs and As from candidates, covering all contested races in Cabell and Wayne counties plus candidates for the legislature in Lincoln, Putnam, and Mason counties.

See candidate listing by office here.

Voter Registration Deadline: May 19

In WV, you may register to vote in person or by mail at the county clerk’s voter registration offices or online at the WV Secretary of State’s office. You may download the form on the WV Secretary of State’s website, fill it in, and mail it to the county clerk’s office; or fill it in on the screen and send it electronically. Another place to register to vote is your local West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV)  office,  when you apply for a driver’s license.

Citizens may run voter registration drives by picking up voter registration cards at the county Voter Registration offices or making copies of the SOS’ website registration form. Voter registration drives may also include helping prospective voters access the SOS’s online registration.

For more information, link to https://ovr.sos.wv.gov/Register/Landing

You must be 17 years old and 18 before the next general election to register to vote in the primary election.

ID required for registration and voting; see  https://sos.wv.gov/elections/Pages/BeReg.aspx

Early Voting: May 27 – June 6; Huntington-area locations include the Cabell County Courthouse, Milton City Hall and Marshall Univeristy Student Center.

Absentee Voting: See https://sos.wv.gov/elections/Pages/AbsenteeVotingInformation.aspx

Due to the public health emergency, Secretary of State Mac Warner declared that more voters may vote absentee this year, if they do not wish to go to their polling place because of the spread of the corona virus.

Update March 26: During the State of Emergency, every registered WV voter is eligible to vote an absentee-by-mail ballot in the June 9 Primary Election. County clerks will mail an absentee ballot application to every registered voter in West Virginia. Returning the absentee ballot application is the first step to receiving the official ballot via mail. 

There are three simple steps for voting an absentee-by-mail ballot: (1) the voter submits an absentee ballot application to their county clerk; (2) once approved, the county clerk will mail a postage prepaid absentee ballot with instructions and materials to the voter; and (3) the voter marks the absentee ballot according to the instructions and places it in the mail to be postmarked by Election Day, June 9, 2020. It may also be hand-delivered to the County Clerk, but that must be done by June 8. 

To vote absentee apply for an application at the county clerk’s office or download it from the SOS’s website. Fill out the application and send it to the county clerk’s voter registration office. The office must receive the application by May 6. They will send you a ballot. Fill out the ballot and send it to the county clerk’s office. To be counted the voted ballot must be mailed and postmarked by Election Day and received by the start of the Canvass.

Remind students who registered in the county where they went to college, that they may vote absentee if on election day they will not be in the county where they registered.

Other information on the SOS website: See Am I Registered to Vote. You may access other information such as your state senators and delegates district and your voting precinct.

Work at the Polls: If you are young and healthy, consider becoming a poll worker. Because of the virus there will be a shortage of poll workers. The salary is good both for the training and for the work at the polls. Contact your county clerk or voter registration office if you would like to work at the polls.

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  1. I need two poll workers application please. Me and my daughter would like to work. 710 Jackson Ave Huntington WV 25704

    1. https://services.sos.wv.gov/Elections/PollWorkers/Register/
      Great! Please fill out the form at the above link. Note that it says: Please note that not all counties will need additional poll workers for the General Election. Once you fill out the form, you will be contacted by your county clerk if your services are needed.

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