Election Rules

General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 13

Early voting in West Virginia will take place from October 21 – October 31. Voting locations include county courthouses and other designated community locations, contact your county clerk for details.

West Virginia’s Address Confidentiality Program allows survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, or stalking to register to vote using the substitute address provided by the program. Learn more here.

Restoration of Voting Rights After Felony Convictions: The right to vote is automatically restored for felons after the completion of their parole or probation.

ID Requirements for Voting: ID is required but non-photo ID is accepted. If ID is not shown, voter can cast a provisional ballot and may provide an ID to certify their ballot until the Friday following Election Day.

Absentee Voting: An excuse is required to request an absentee ballot. Voters can access the application from the Secretary of State’s website and can fax, mail, email, or deliver in person to County Clerk at least 6 days before the election. View the excuses and the application here.

Gender Gaps in Representation

West Virginia ranks last in the country for women’s representation in the State Legislature.

West Virginia Congressional Delegation

West Virginia State Legislature

Voter Turnout

West Virginia had lower voter turnout than the United States overall in the 2016 Elections.

Percent Voter Turnout by Gender

Percent Voter Turnout by Race

Other races not shown due to population size