West Virginia

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Federal Election Deadlines

State Primary May 13, 2014 General Election November 4, 2014
Registration April 22, 2014 October 14, 2014
Ballot Request May 7, 2014 October 29, 2014
Ballot Return May 19, 2014 November 10, 2014

Please mail your voting materials early enough to account for mail delivery times. Check the recommended mailing dates section in Chapter 1 for details.

Important information

How can I register to vote as a military or overseas voter?

Fill out and return the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to your local election office. This form allows election officials to identify you as a voter covered by UOCAVA (Federal law providing special protections).

What is my voting residence?

The place you consider your true, fixed and permanent home.

Do I need to claim a political party to vote in primary elections?

Yes, political parties in West Virginia may choose to allow those not affiliated with a party to vote in their primary. Please check with the Secretary of State.

How can I submit my FPCA?

By mail, email or fax. If you are submitting the FPCA to register to vote, you must also mail the original to your county clerk.

How often must I submit my FPCA?

In West Virginia, the FPCA is good for all regularly scheduled Federal elections for the calendar year in which it is submitted. You should submit a new one every time your address changes or after January 1 of each year.

If I am currently registered to vote, how may I request an absentee ballot?

You may submit either the FPCA or the West Virginia Absentee Ballot Application to your local election office.

How can I return my voted ballot or Federal Write-In Ballot (FWAB)?

By mail, email or fax.

What must I do to use the FWAB and can I use the FWAB to vote in State and local elections?

The FWAB can only be used if you have previously requested a ballot from your County Clerk and have not received that ballot. The FWAB may be used to vote in State and local elections.

I am an American citizen, but I have never lived in the U.S., can I register to vote in this State?

Yes, in the county where either parent would be eligible to vote.

Will I need a notary or witness for my FPCA or FWAB?

No.

Where can I find information about the candidates and/or other items that will be on my ballot?

Please visit www.wvsos.com, contact the West Virginia Secretary of State's Office or contact your County Clerk to learn more.

Registering and requesting your absentee ballot

The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) registers you to vote and requests absentee ballots for all Federal elections.

Complete the following blocks of the FPCA

Block 1

Select the category that describes you.

Block 2

To automatically vote in primary elections, you must enter your political party affiliation. If you are registered non-partisan or undeclared, you must indicate which party ballot you want to receive. If you want to change your political party affiliation, submit a completed FPCA indicating your new party preference to your local election official no later than 21 days prior to the election. Political party affiliation is not required if only requesting absentee ballots for general elections.

Block 3

Name (Last, First, Middle).

Block 4

Date of birth.

Your valid West Virginia Driver's License or Non-Driver ID Card number or the last four digits of your Social Security number is required for voter registration. If you do not possess either of these identification numbers, the State shall assign a number that will serve to identify you for voter registration purposes.

Block 5

Recommended but not required. Provide your contact information to allow your county elections official to follow up if more information is required.

Block 6

West Virginia allows you to receive your absentee ballot by mail, email or fax. Please rank your preference of how you would like to receive your absentee ballot. Provide your email address or fax number in Block 5. If you do not make a selection, then your county elections official will mail your ballot to you.

Block 7

Complete street address of your West Virginia voting residence. A post office box is not sufficient. If your address includes a rural route, describe its location in Block 9. This address must be within the county where you claim legal voting residence.

Block 8

Complete address where you want your ballot sent, usually where you currently live.

Block 9

Provide any information that may assist the local election official in accepting this application.

Affirmation

Sign and date. No witness or notary required.

How and where to submit your FPCA

West Virginia allows you to submit the FPCA by mail, email or fax. However, if you are using the FPCA to register to vote you must mail the original to the county clerk.

If you choose to mail your FPCA, mail the form directly to your local election office. Addresses can be found at the end of this section.

If you choose to email your FPCA, you should send the form as a signed, scanned attachment. Email directly to your local election office. Email addresses can be found at the end of this section.

To find out the status of your registration/absentee ballot request, contact your local election office or refer to West Virginia's voter registration verification website at http://apps.sos.wv.gov/elections/voter/am-i-registered.aspx.

Your jurisdiction will contact you if your registration is denied.

If you choose to fax your FPCA, fax the form directly to your county elections official. Fax numbers and email addresses can be found at the end of this section. Include ballot, voter Declaration/ Affirmation and cover sheet with secrecy waiver. You may also use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service to fax your FPCA toll-free. To use the Electronic Transmission Service, use the cover sheet available in Chapter 1 or at FVAP.gov, and fax to: (703) 693-5527, DSN 223-5527, or toll-free from the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands to 1-800-368-8683. International toll-free numbers can be found on the inside back cover or at FVAP.gov.

Voting by citizens who have never lived in the U.S.

A U.S. citizen who was born abroad and who is eligible to vote and who has never lived in the U.S. may register and vote in the county where either parent would be eligible to vote.

Voting your ballot

Mailed ballots must be received by the local election official no later than 5 days (excluding Sunday) after general, special and primary elections. Ballots returned by email or fax must be received by the close of polls on Election Day and must include a cover sheet with secrecy waiver and the oath of voter available from the Secretary of State or your County Clerk.

No witness or notary is required on voted ballots.

You may return the voted ballot by mail, email or fax. Use FPCA instructions under "How and Where to Submit Your FPCA."

Overseas Uniformed Service members should request to have the Prepaid Mail Label 11-DOD applied to their ballot materials at Military Postal Office locations (APO/FPO). This label provides free express mail service to your local election official for voted ballots mailed on or before the general election date. You retain a portion of the label for tracking your ballot through the U.S. Postal Service.

Tracking your ballot

You may track the status of your ballot at https://apps.sos.wv.gov/elections/voter/track-my-ballot.aspx.

Haven't received your ballot? Use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

West Virginia allows you to use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) for voting in primary, special and general elections for Federal, State and local offices. If you are registered, and have requested your absentee ballot, feel free to use the FWAB to vote any time before an election.

Complete the following blocks of the FWAB's voter declaration/affirmation

Block 1

West Virginia does not allow you to use this form for registration. Do not check the registration box.

Block 2

Select the category that describes you.

Block 3

Name (Last, First, Middle).

Block 4

Date of birth.

Block 5

Recommended but not required. Provide your contact information to allow your local election official to follow up if more information is required.

Block 6

Enter your political party affiliation or write undeclared or non-partisan if you are voting in a primary election. Non-partisan voters may vote in a party primary election, subject to party rules.

Block 7

Complete street address of your West Virginia voting residence. A post office box is not sufficient. If your address includes a rural route, describe its location in Block 9. This address must be within the county where you claim legal voting residence.

Block 8

Enter your current mailing address.

Block 9

Provide any information that may assist the local election official in accepting this ballot or application.

Affirmation

Sign and date. No witness or notary required.

Vote your FWAB

Vote for any Federal, State or local office in a primary, general or special election. To find out the races and candidates for which you can vote, go to www.wvsos.com.

For each office, write in either a candidate's name or a political party designation. Once the ballot is complete, fold and place it in the security envelope and seal. Place only the voted ballot in the security envelope and do not write on the security envelope.

How and where to submit your FWAB

West Virginia allows you to submit the FWAB by mail, email or fax.

If you choose to mail your FWAB, insert the sealed security envelope and the Voter's Declaration/Affirmation into the mailing envelope and mail the ballot directly to your local election office. Addresses can be found at the end of this section.

If you choose to email your FWAB you should send the form as a signed, scanned attachment. Email directly to your local election office. Email addresses can be found at the end of this section.

If you choose to fax your FWAB, fax the form directly to your county elections official. Fax numbers and email addresses can be found at the end of this section. Include ballot, Voter Declaration/ Affirmation, and cover sheet with secrecy waiver. You may also use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service to fax your FWAB toll-free. To use the Electronic Transmission Service, use the cover sheet available in Chapter 1 or at FVAP.gov, and fax to: (703) 693-5527, DSN 223-5527, or toll-free from the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands to 1-800-368-8683. International toll-free numbers can be found on the inside back cover or at FVAP.gov.

Local election offices for county

If you cannot find information for your jurisdiction, please click on the LEO Search to find contact information.

County Mailing Address
Barbour Barbour Clerk of the County Commission
8 North Main Street
Philippi, WV 26416-1150
Phone: 304-457-2232 Fax: 304-457-5983
Email: barbourcounty@wvsos.com
Berkeley Berkeley Clerk of the County Commission
100 West King Street
Martinsburg, WV 25401-3247
Phone: 304-264-1989 Fax: 304-267-1794
Email: berkeleycounty@wvsos.com
Boone Boone Clerk of the County Commission
200 State Street
Madison, WV 25130-1174
Phone: 304-369-7330 Fax: 304-369-7329
Email: boonecounty@wvsos.com
Braxton Braxton Clerk of the County Commission
PO Box 486
Sutton, WV 26601-0486
Phone: 304-765-2833 Fax: 304-765-2947
Email: braxtoncounty@wvsos.com
Brooke Brooke Clerk of the County Commission
632 Main Street
Wellsburg, WV 26070-1742
Phone: 304-737-3668 Fax: 304-737-4023
Email: brookecounty@wvsos.com
Cabell Cabell Clerk of the County Commission
750 5th Avenue, Suite 108
Huntington, WV 25701-2083
Phone: 304-526-8633 Fax: 304-526-8632
Email: cabellcounty@wvsos.com
Calhoun Calhoun Clerk of the County Commission
PO Box 230
Grantsville, WV 26147-0230
Phone: 304-354-6725 Fax: 304-354-6725
Email: calhouncounty@wvsos.com
Clay Clay Clerk of the County Commission
PO Box 190
Clay, WV 25043-0190
Phone: 304-587-4259 Fax: 304-587-7329
Email: claycounty@wvsos.com
Doddridge Doddridge Clerk of the County Commission
118 E. Court Street, Room 102
West Union, WV 26456-1262
Phone: 304-873-2631 Fax: 304-873-1840
Email: doddridgecounty@wvsos.com
Fayette Fayette Clerk of the County Commission
PO Box 569
Fayetteville, WV 25840-0569
Phone: 304-574-4225 Fax: 304-574-4335
Email: fayettecounty@wvsos.com
Gilmer Gilmer Clerk of the County Commission
10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351-1246
Phone: 304-462-7641 Fax: 304-462-8855
Email: gilmercounty@wvsos.com
Grant Grant Clerk of the County Commission
5 Highland Avenue
Petersburg, WV 26847-1705
Phone: 304-257-4550 Fax: 304-257-4207
Email: grantcounty@wvsos.com
Greenbrier Greenbrier Clerk of the County Commission
200 North Court Street
Lewisburg, WV 24901-1170
Phone: 304-647-6602 Fax: 304-647-6694
Email: greenbriercounty@wvsos.com
Hampshire Hampshire Clerk of the County Commission
66 N. High Street
Romney, WV 26757-1600
Phone: 304-822-5112 Fax: 304-822-4039
Email: hampshirecounty@wvsos.com
Hancock Hancock Clerk of the County Commission
PO Box 367
New Cumberland, WV 26047-0367
Phone: 304-564-3311 Fax: 304-564-5941
Email: hancockcounty@wvsos.com
Hardy Hardy Clerk of the County Commission
204 Washington Street
Moorefield, WV 26836-1155
Phone: 304-530-0250 Fax: 304-530-0251
Email: hardycounty@wvsos.com
Harrison Harrison Clerk of the County Commission
301 W. Main Street
Clarksburg, WV 26301-2955
Phone: 304-624-8675 Fax: 304-624-8575
Email: harrisoncounty@wvsos.com
Jackson Jackson Clerk of the County Commission
PO Box 800
Ripley, WV 25271-0800
Phone: 304-373-2258 Fax: 304-372-1107
Email: jacksoncounty@wvsos.com
Jefferson Jefferson Clerk of the County Commission
PO Box 208
Charles Town, WV 25414-1072
Phone: 304-728-3347 Fax: 304-725-1957
Email: jeffersoncounty@wvsos.com
Kanawha Kanawha Clerk of the County Commission
PO Box 3226
Charleston, WV 25332-3226
Phone: 304-357-0130 Fax: 304-357-0585
Email: kanawhacounty@wvsos.com
Lewis Lewis Clerk of the County Commission
PO Box 87
Weston, WV 26452-0087
Phone: 304-269-8215 Fax: 304-269-8202
Email: lewiscounty@wvsos.com
Lincoln Lincoln Clerk of the County Commission
PO Box 497
Hamlin, WV 25523-0497
Phone: 304-824-3336 Fax: 304-824-2444
Email: lincolncounty@wvsos.com
Logan Logan Clerk of the County Commission
300 Stratton Street
Logan, WV 25601-3939
Phone: 304-792-8620 Fax: 304-792-8621
Email: logancounty@wvsos.com
Marion Marion Clerk of the County Commission
PO Box 1267
Fairmont, WV 26555-1267
Phone: 304-367-5445 Fax: 304-367-5448
Email: marioncounty@wvsos.com
Marshall Marshall Clerk of the County Commission
PO Box 459
Moundsville, WV 26041-0459
Phone: 304-845-1220 Fax: 304-845-5891
Email: marshallcounty@wvsos.com
Mason Mason Clerk of the County Commission
200 6th Street
Point Pleasant, WV 25550-1131
Phone: 304-675-1997 Fax: 304-675-2521
Email: masoncounty@wvsos.com
McDowell McDowell Clerk of the County Commission
90 Wyoming Street, Suite 109
Welch, WV 24801-2487
Phone: 304-436-8544 Fax: 304-436-8576
Email: mcdowellcounty@wvsos.com
Mercer Mercer Clerk of the County Commission
1501 West Main Street
Princeton, WV 24740-2600
Phone: 304-487-8466 Fax: 304-487-9842
Email: mercercounty@wvsos.com
Mineral Mineral Clerk of the County Commission
150 Armstrong Street
Keyser, WV 26726-3500
Phone: 304-788-3924 Fax: 304-788-4109
Email: mineralcounty@wvsos.com
Mingo Mingo Clerk of the County Commission
PO Box 1197
Williamson, WV 25661-1197
Phone: 304-235-0330 Fax: 304-235-0565
Email: mingocounty@wvsos.com
Monongalia Monongalia Clerk of the County Commission
243 High Street
Morgantown, WV 26505-5461
Phone: 304-291-7238 Fax: 304-291-7233
Email: monongaliacounty@wvsos.com
Monroe Monroe Clerk of the County Commission
PO Box 350
Union, WV 24983-0350
Phone: 304-772-3096 Fax: 304-772-4191
Email: monroecounty@wvsos.com
Morgan Morgan Clerk of the County Commission
77 Fairfax Street
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411-1580
Phone: 304-258-8547 Fax: 304-258-8545
Email: morgancounty@wvsos.com
Nicholas Nicholas Clerk of the County Commission
700 Main Street, Suite 2
Summersville, WV 26651-1444
Phone: 304-872-7820 Fax: 304-872-9600
Email: nicholascounty@wvsos.com
Ohio Ohio Clerk of the County Commission
1500 Chapline Street
Wheeling, WV 26003-3587
Phone: 304-234-3750 Fax: 304-234-3827
Email: ohiocounty@wvsos.com
Pendleton Pendleton Clerk of the County Commission
PO Box 1167
Franklin, WV 26807-1167
Phone: 304-358-2505 Fax: 304-358-2473
Email: pendletoncounty@wvsos.com
Pleasants Pleasants Clerk of the County Commission
301 Court Lane
St. Marys, WV 26170-1317
Phone: 304-684-3542 Fax: 304-684-7569
Email: pleasantscounty@wvsos.com
Pocahontas Pocahontas Clerk of the County Commission
900-C 10th Avenue
Marlinton, WV 24954-1333
Phone: 304-799-4549 Fax: 304-799-6947
Email: pocahontascounty@wvsos.com
Preston Preston Clerk of the County Commission
Preston County Courthouse Annex
Kingwood, WV 26537-1131
Phone: 304-329-0070 Fax: 304-329-0198
Email: prestoncounty@wvsos.com
Putnam Putnam Clerk of the County Commission
3389 Winfield Road
Winfield, WV 25213-0358
Phone: 304-586-0202 Fax: 304-204-1408
Email: putnamcounty@wvsos.com
Raleigh Raleigh Clerk of the County Commission
215 Main Street
Beckley, WV 25801
Phone: 304-255-9127 Fax: 304-252-8698
Email: raleighcounty@wvsos.com
Randolph Randolph Clerk of the County Commission
2 Randolph Avenue
Elkins, WV 26241-4063
Phone: 304-636-0543 Fax: 304-636-0544
Email: randolphcounty@wvsos.com
Ritchie Ritchie Clerk of the County Commission
115 E. Main Street
Harrisville, WV 26362-1271
Phone: 304-643-2164 Fax: 304-643-2906
Email: ritchiecounty@wvsos.com
Roane Roane Clerk of the County Commission
200 Main Street
Spencer, WV 25276-1411
Phone: 304-927-2860 Fax: 304-927-2489
Email: roanecounty@wvsos.com
Summers Summers Clerk of the County Commission
120 Ballengee Street
Hinton, WV 25951-2469
Phone: 304-466-7121 Fax: 304-466-7146
Email: summerscounty@wvsos.com
Taylor Taylor Clerk of the County Commission
214 W. Main Street
Grafton, WV 26354-1387
Phone: 304-265-1401 Fax: 304-265-5450
Email: taylorcounty@wvsos.com
Tucker Tucker Clerk of the County Commission
215 First Street
Parsons, WV 26287-1277
Phone: 304-478-2414 Fax: 304-478-2217
Email: tuckercounty@wvsos.com
Tyler Tyler Clerk of the County Commission
PO Box 66
Middlebourne, WV 26149-0066
Phone: 304-758-2102 Fax: 304-758-2126
Email: tylercounty@wvsos.com
Upshur Upshur Clerk of the County Commission
40 W. Main Street
Buckhannon, WV 26201-2299
Phone: 304-472-1068 Fax: 304-472-1029
Email: upshurcounty@wvsos.com
Wayne Wayne Clerk of the County Commission
PO Box 248
Wayne, WV 25570-0248
Phone: 304-272-6370 Fax: 304-272-5318
Email: waynecounty@wvsos.com
Webster Webster Clerk of the County Commission
2 Court Square
Webster Springs, WV 26288-1049
Phone: 304-847-2508 Fax: 304-847-5780
Email: webstercounty@wvsos.com
Wetzel Wetzel Clerk of the County Commission
PO Box 156
New Martinsville, WV 26155-0156
Phone: 304-455-8224 Fax: 304-455-5256
Email: wetzelcounty@wvsos.com
Wirt Wirt Clerk of the County Commission
PO Box 53
Elizabeth, WV 26143-0053
Phone: 304-275-4271 Fax: 304-275-3418
Email: wirtcounty@wvsos.com
Wood Wood Clerk of the County Commission
#1 Court Square
Parkersburg, WV 26101-7500
Phone: 304-424-1850 Fax: 304-424-1982
Email: woodcounty@wvsos.com
Wyoming Wyoming Clerk of the County Commission
PO Box 309
Pineville, WV 24874-0309
Phone: 304-732-8000 Fax: 304-732-9659
Email: wyomingcounty@wvsos.com