Voter Registration in West Virginia
In the Mountain State, you can register to vote at your local Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office when you apply for a driver's license, in person at the Secretary of State, or by mail to your local County Clerk's office.
Before you head out to register, make sure you are eligible to vote in West Virginia:
- You must be a United States citizen and reside in West Virginia
- You must not be deemed "mentally incompetent" by the court
- You must not be under felony (including treason and election bribery) conviction, probation, or parole
- You must be 18 years old or older (you may vote at 17 years old in the primary if you will turn 18 years old before the general election)
The voter registration process with the WV DMV is simple.
- Apply in person at your local DMV office, Secretary of State branch, or county clerk. OR
- Fill out the West Virginia Voter Application Form and mail it to your local county clerk's office.
Note that your handwritten signature must be in the signature box.
In West Virginia, you must register 21 days before the date of the election for which you intend to vote.
If you legally change your name or move within the same county, you may update your registration information one of four ways:
- Visit any registration office, including your local DMV office or county clerk.
- Submit a new mail-in West Virginia Voter Application Form to your county clerk.
- If you're still within the same precinct, update your information at your local polling place.
- If you're no longer in the same precinct, update your information at your new polling place.
If you move to another county, you must go through the registration process again for that county.Other Topics in This SectionTrue or False
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