Voting in the 2020 General Election COVID-19 Edition
We will be updating the below protocols and information for absentee voting, registering to vote, and early voting as the information becomes available.
🚨West Virginians will be able to vote by absentee ballot for the General Election due to concerns and circumstances surrounding COVID-19.
HOWEVER, ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE SENT TO EVERY REGISTERED VOTER LIKE THEY WERE IN THE PRIMARY, YOU WILL NEED TO REQUEST YOUR APPLICATIONS ON YOUR OWN. BELOW IS HOW:
August 11 – October 28: voters may apply to their county clerk for an absentee ballot by mail for the General Election.
- On August 11 the Secretary of State’s Office will launch an online portal for registered voters to use to request an absentee ballot.
- You may also download the application at this link return it to your County Clerk to request your absentee ballot: https://sos.wv.gov/FormSearch/Elections/Voter/Absentee%20Ballot%20Application.pdf
- Make sure you check the box that states:
- Applications may be submitted to your county clerk via fax, U.S. mail, email, or in-person by hand delivery.
- The online portal will launch on August 11th. Once we see what that looks like, we will provide updated information on this page.
- Once you complete your application and return it to your County Clerk or use the online portal, County Clerks will begin mailing out Absentee Ballots on September 18, 2020.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
- (1) Download your Absentee Application fill it out & return it to your County Clerk via mail, fax, email or hand delivery.
- If you need your County Clerk Information you may find it here: https://sos.wv.gov/elections/Pages/CountyClerkDirectory.aspx
- Follow the instructions on the ballot and check the appropriate box:
- (2) Once your ballot application has been received and approved by your County Clerk, you will receive an Absentee Ballot. County Clerks will begin mailing these on September 18, 2020.
- (3) You will then cast your votes on your ballot (be sure to follow the instructions) and place your ballot back into the mail.
If a voter doesn’t receive their application or ballot they requested 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.
- The deadline to register to vote or update your voting/registration information is October 13, 2020.
- If you are not receiving your absentee ballot application or ballot after requested and you feel that you are being denied your right to vote, contact our voter protection hotline for help: https://wvdemocrats.com/voterprotectionhotline/
- 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:
- January 1 – October 28, 2020 – Uniformed and Overseas Citizens may apply for a General Election absentee ballot.
- August 11 – October 28, 2020 – Eligible voters may apply for a General Election ballot by mail.
- October 8 – 14, 2020 – Sample ballots published in local newspapers throughout the state (publication dates will vary by county).
- October 13, 2020 – Voter Registration Deadline
- October 21 – October 31, 2020 – Early Voting at the county courthouse, annex or designated community voting location during normal business hours and Saturdays 9AM to 5PM.
- October 27 – November 2, 2020 – Official List of Candidates or Sample Ballot published in local newspapers throughout the state (publication dates will vary by county).
- October 28, 2020 – Deadline for Absentee by Mail Application. Absentee applications received after October 28, even if postmarked, cannot be accepted by law.
- November 2, 2020 – Deadline to hand-deliver Absentee Ballot to County Clerk’s office.
- November 3, 2020 – General Election Day
- November 4, 2020 – Absentee Ballots mailed, but without a postmark accepted.
- November 9, 2020 – (Canvass) – Absentee Ballot postmarked by Election Day accepted if received by the start of Canvass.