REGISTERING TO VOTE

Answers to Your Questions

To vote in the next election you must register to vote!

  • I cannot remember if I am registered to vote; how can I find out?
    To find out if you are already registered to vote, you can:

  • When do I have to register to vote?
    You may register at any time. However, to be eligible to vote in a specific election, you must register 21 days before that election.

     

  • Am I eligible to register to vote?
    You must be:

    • A resident of West Virginia and the county where you register,

    • A U.S. Citizen,

    • At least 17 years old and 18 before the next general election, and

    • Not currently under conviction for a felony, including probation or parole, or a court ruling of mental incompetence. Voting rights are restored when the term of conviction ends.
       

  • Am I eligible to vote if I am under Guardianship?
    You are eligible to register and vote unless a Judge has specifically ruled you mentally incompetent or specifically ruled that you have lost your voting rights in a final order.

     

  • How do I Register to Vote?
    You may register online, in person or by mail. You must fill out the registration form, and provide valid identification. If you choose to register by mail, then you must provide a copy of your identification with the registration form or the first time you vote.If you mail this registration form, valid identification includes:

    • A current & valid photo ID with current residence address, or

    • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and current residence address.
       

  • How can I register to vote online?
    You may register to vote online if you have a West Virginia driver’s license or state issued ID card: 
    https://ovr.sos.wv.gov/register
     

  • Where can I get the registration form, if I plan to register by mail? Where do I mail it?
    You may download the registration from this website: 
    http://www.sos.wv.gov/elections/
    Mail your registration form to your County Clerk’s office.
     

  • Where can I register to vote in person?

    • Your County Clerk’s Office.

    • Driver license offices

    • Public assistance agencies

    • Agencies which serve people with disabilities

    • Military recruiting offices

    • The Motor Voter program at your local Department of Motor Vehicles office
       

    If it is close to an election, registering at the county clerk’s office is the best place to go to be certain you will be on the books on election day.
     

  • How do I know that I am registered?Visit https://services.sos.wv.gov/Elections/Voter/AmIRegisteredToVote, or call your County Clerk’s office.
     

  • Where is my County Clerk’s Office?
    The phone numbers of West Virginia’s County Clerk’s offices are listed at 
    http://www.sos.wv.gov/elections/
     

  • Who do I ask if I need help?

    • Visit http://www.sos.wv.gov,

    • Call or Visit your County Clerk’s office, or

    • call Disability Rights of West Virginia.