Voting in the 2020 Primary Election COVID-19 Edition
🚨UPDATE: JUNE 9th PRIMARY ELECTION DAY
We will be updating the below date changes and protocols for absentee voting, registering to vote, and early voting as the information becomes available.
🚨Because of COVID-19 Every West Virginia Voter Will Receive An Absentee Ballot Application In The Mail
- Secretary Warner says voters can expect their ballot applications around the week of April 6, 2020. There may be a small delay depending on counties.
- You may still request your ballots via an application if you wish. Just be sure not to duplicate your forms with the one mailed to you.
- Voters who have already requested an Absentee Ballot will be excluded from the mailer to prevent duplication and confusion, but will still receive their Absentee Ballot as requested.
- Absentee Ballots will be mailed beginning April 24, 2020.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
- (1) When you receive your ballot application in the mail, you need to fill it out & return it to your County Clerk
- If you need your County Clerk Information you may find it here: https://sos.wv.gov/elections/Pages/CountyClerkDirectory.aspx
- This ballot application will come with a letter and instructions.
- (2) Once your ballot application has been received and approved by your County Clerk, you will receive an Absentee Ballot with pre-paid postage.
- (3) You will then cast your votes on your ballot (be sure to follow the instructions) and place your ballot back into the mail.
- 🚨✉️Your Absentee Ballot must be postmarked BY PRIMARY ELECTION DAY JUNE 9th.
If a voter doesn’t receive their ballot they should check with their County Clerk or WV SOS to ensure their registration is accurate and then can submit the original application from WV SOS web just in case.
Voters can still submit the application from the website if they wish, but should not submit 2 if they were to receive their Absentee Ballot Request postcard in the mail.
- If you have any questions at all, it is important that you contact your County Clerk or the Secretary Of State’s Office.
Important Dates and Deadlines:
- Jan. 1 – June 3: Eligible voters may apply for a Primary Election absentee ballot
- April 24: County Clerks to begin mailing absentee ballots to voters who have submitted absentee applications to county clerks
- May 14 – 20: Sample ballots published in local newspapers throughout the state (publication dates will vary by county)
- May 19: Voter Registration Deadline
- May 27 – June 6: Early Voting In-Person period
- June 2 – 8: Official List of Candidates or Sample Ballot published in local newspapers throughout the state (publication dates will vary by county)
- June 3: Deadline to submit Absentee-by-Mail Application (must be received by county clerk on this date)
- June 8: Deadline to hand-deliver Absentee Ballot to County Clerk’s office
- June 9: Deadline to mail Absentee Ballot to county clerk (must be postmarked by this date)
- June 9: Primary Election Day (in-person voting locations may differ from regular polling location during COVID-19 pandemic; contact county clerk for more information)
- June 10: Absentee Ballots mailed without a postmark accepted (absentee ballots without a postmark cannot be counted if received by county clerk after this date)
- June 15: Start of Canvass (absentee ballots postmarked by Election Day will be accepted if received by the start of Canvass)