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Upcoming Elections

No Federal Elections Scheduled

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

What is UOCAVA?

The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act is commonly referred to as UOCAVA. UOCAVA citizens are U.S. citizens who are active members of the Uniformed Services, the Merchant Marine, the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, their eligible family members and other U.S. citizens residing outside the United States. The law provides the legal basis for absentee voting requirements for federal offices.

What is the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)?

The FPCA (Federal Standard Form 76) allows UOCAVA citizens to register to vote and request an absentee ballot. This form is also used to update your contact information.

What is the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)?

The FWAB (Federal Standard Form 186) serves as an emergency backup ballot for UOCAVA citizens. If you do not receive your absentee ballot from your state in time to return it to your election official to participate in the election, use the FWAB.

What is the DoD Fax Service?

The DoD Fax Service is for those voters who cannot send their election materials directly to their election officials. To fax your election materials, use the Transmission Cover Sheet found in Chapter 1 or online 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. If you need to send your election materials to your election official by fax, but do not have access to a fax machine, you can email them to fax@fvap.gov and FVAP will fax your election materials for you. This service is fax only. If your state accepts your election materials by email you should email them directly to your election official. FVAP will not transmit email-to-email transactions.

What is the Prepaid Mail Label 11- DoD?

Overseas Uniformed Service members can use this label for general election absentee ballots. It provides free express mail service to your election official for general election absentee ballots. You can request to have a Prepaid Mail Label 11-DoD applied to your absentee ballot at Military Postal Office locations (APO/FPO). Keep part of the tracking label to track your absentee ballot through the U.S. Postal Service.

What is a primary election?

A primary election is an election held before the general election to determine the candidates that can be placed on the general election ballot.

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

A U.S. citizen who has never resided in the U.S., and has a parent or legal guardian who was last domiciled in West Virginia, is eligible to vote in West Virginia.

I am a National Guardsman activated on state orders; does my state afford me UOCAVA privileges?

No.

How can I check the status of my ballot?

You can check the status of your absentee ballot here:
https://services.sos.wv.gov/Elections/Voter/AbsenteeBallotTracking

Does my state have any online tools?

You can see if your state has any online tools available here:
https://www.fvap.gov/west-virginia

Registering and requesting your absentee ballot

Under federal law, the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) registers you to vote and requests absentee ballots for a minimum of all federal elections in the current calendar year. Be sure to complete a new FPCA each year and every time your address changes.

Complete the following sections of the FPCA

Section 1

Select the category that best describes you.


Enter your current name (Last, First). If you are registered under a different name, provide this information in the previous name area.


Your date of birth is required.


You must provide either a West Virginia-issued ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. If you do not have either of these numbers you must enter in Section 6: "I do not have a Social Security Number or West Virginia-issued ID number."

Section 2

Enter the complete street address of your voting residence where you are registering to vote and requesting an absentee ballot. You cannot use a post office box mailing address. If your address is a rural route, use Section 6 to describe the location of your voting residence.

Section 3

Enter your current mailing address, even if you are requesting your ballot by email/online or fax. If you want your election materials sent to a different address or have a forwarding address, use the forwarding address space to provide this information.

Section 4

Your contact information is recommended so your election official can contact you if they need additional information from you in order to accept your FPCA. If you want to receive your absentee ballot by email/online or fax, you must provide your email address or fax number.

Section 5

A. You can receive your absentee ballot by mail, email/online or fax. Select your preferred method of receiving your absentee ballot.


B. To vote in primary elections, you must enter the name of the party ballot you want to receive. Political party affiliation is not required if requesting an absentee ballot for general elections.

Section 6

Provide any information that may assist your election official in accepting this form. You can use this space to designate particular elections or the period you wish to receive ballots.

Section 7

Sign and date the form. No witness signature required.

Section 1

Select the category that best describes you.


Enter your current name (Last, First). If you are registered under a different name, provide this information in the previous name area.


Your date of birth is required.


You must provide either a West Virginia-issued ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. If you do not have either of these numbers you must enter in Section 6: "I do not have a Social Security Number or West Virginia-issued ID number."

Section 2

Enter the complete street address of your voting residence where you are registering to vote and requesting an absentee ballot. You cannot use a post office box mailing address. If your address is a rural route, use Section 6 to describe the location of your voting residence.

Section 3

Enter your current mailing address, even if you are requesting your ballot by email/online or fax. If you want your election materials sent to a different address or have a forwarding address, use the forwarding address space to provide this information.

Section 4

Your contact information is recommended so your election official can contact you if they need additional information from you in order to accept your FPCA. If you want to receive your absentee ballot by email/online or fax, you must provide your email address or fax number.

Section 5

A. You can receive your absentee ballot by mail, email/online or fax. Select your preferred method of receiving your absentee ballot.


B. To vote in primary elections, you must enter the name of the party ballot you want to receive. Political party affiliation is not required if requesting an absentee ballot for general elections.

Section 6

Provide any information that may assist your election official in accepting this form. You can use this space to designate particular elections or the period you wish to receive ballots.

Section 7

Sign and date the form. No witness signature required.

How and where to submit your FPCA

You can submit the FPCA by mail, email or fax. Contact information can be found in the "Local Election Offices" section or online at FVAP.gov.

Mail your FPCA: Once your FPCA is complete, sign and date the form. Mail your FPCA directly to your election official.

Email your FPCA: Once your FPCA is complete, sign and date the form. Scan the signed FPCA into your computer. Be sure to also include the "Transmission Cover Sheet". Email this package directly to your election official.

Fax your FPCA: Once your FPCA is complete, sign and date the form. Fax your FPCA directly to your election official. Be sure to also include the "Transmission Cover Sheet". You may use the DoD Fax Service to fax your FPCA if you do not have access to a fax machine to fax your election official directly. Instructions for the DoD Fax Service are in the "Important Information" section or online at FVAP.gov.

To find out the status of your FPCA, contact your election official. Your election official will contact you if your FPCA is not accepted.

Voting your ballot

Once you receive your absentee ballot from your state it must be returned according to the deadlines and requirements in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart. For special federal elections, visit FVAP.gov for specific deadlines.

You can submit the state absentee ballot by mail, email or fax.

Contact information can be found in the "Local Election Offices" section. If you do not have access to a fax machine to fax your election official directly, you may use the DoD Fax Service to fax your ballot. Overseas Uniformed Service members can request to have the Prepaid Mail Label 11-DoD applied to the general election ballot. Additional information about this label can be found in the "Important Information" section.

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

You must be registered to vote and have already requested a state absentee ballot in order to use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB).

You can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal, state and local offices, including ballot measures.

Complete the following sections of the FWAB's voter information page

Section 1

Select the category that best describes you.


Enter your current name (Last, First). If you are registered under a different name, provide this information in the previous name area.


Your date of birth is required.

Section 2

Enter the complete street address of your voting residence where you are registering to vote and requesting an absentee ballot. You cannot use a post office box mailing address. If your address is a rural route, use Section 6 to describe the location of your voting residence.

Section 3

Enter your current mailing address. If you want your election materials sent to a different address or have a forwarding address, use the forwarding address space to provide this information.

Section 4

Your contact information is recommended so your election official can contact you if they need additional information from you in order to accept your FWAB.

Section 5

A. Do not check "Yes" or "No." The FWAB cannot be used for voter registration or as a ballot request.


B. You can receive your absentee ballot by mail, email/online or fax. Select your preferred method of receiving your absentee ballot.


C. To vote in primary elections, you must enter the name of the party primary in which you are voting. Political party affiliation is not required if voting an absentee ballot in general elections.

Section 6

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

Section 7

Sign and date the form. No witness signature required.

Section 1

Select the category that best describes you.


Enter your current name (Last, First). If you are registered under a different name, provide this information in the previous name area.


Your date of birth is required.

Section 2

Enter the complete street address of your voting residence where you are registering to vote and requesting an absentee ballot. You cannot use a post office box mailing address. If your address is a rural route, use Section 6 to describe the location of your voting residence.

Section 3

Enter your current mailing address. If you want your election materials sent to a different address or have a forwarding address, use the forwarding address space to provide this information.

Section 4

Your contact information is recommended so your election official can contact you if they need additional information from you in order to accept your FWAB.

Section 5

A. Do not check "Yes" or "No." The FWAB cannot be used for voter registration or as a ballot request.


B. You can receive your absentee ballot by mail, email/online or fax. Select your preferred method of receiving your absentee ballot.


C. To vote in primary elections, you must enter the name of the party primary in which you are voting. Political party affiliation is not required if voting an absentee ballot in general elections.

Section 6

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

Section 7

Sign and date the form. No witness signature required.

Vote your FWAB

To vote, write in either a candidate's name or political party for each office. You are not required to make a selection for each and every contest.

How and where to submit your FWAB

You can submit the FWAB by mail, email or fax. Contact information can be found in the "Local Election Offices" section or online at FVAP.gov.

Mail your FWAB: Once your FWAB is complete, sign and date the "Voter Information" page. Fold along the dotted line and seal the completed "Official Backup Ballot", do not write on the "Official Ballot" envelope. Insert the sealed "Official Ballot" envelope and the "Voter Information" page into the mailing envelope and mail your FWAB directly to your election official. Overseas Uniformed Service members can request to have the Prepaid Mail Label 11-DoD applied to the general election ballot. Additional information about this label can be found in the "Important Information" section or online at FVAP.gov.

Email your FWAB: Once your FWAB is complete, sign and date the "Voter Information" page. Scan the signed "Voter Information" page, the "Official Backup Ballot" and the Transmission Cover Sheet, found at the end Chapter 1 or online at FVAP.gov, into your computer. Be sure to also sign the secrecy waiver on the Transmission Cover Sheet. Email this ballot package directly to your election official.

Fax your FWAB: Once your FWAB is complete, sign and date the "Voter Information" page. Fax the signed "Voter Information" page, the "Official Backup Ballot" and the Transmission Cover Sheet, found at the end Chapter 1 or online at FVAP.gov, directly to your election official. Be sure to also sign the secrecy waiver on the Transmission Cover Sheet. You may use the DoD Fax Service to fax your FWAB toll-free if you do not have access to a fax machine to fax your election official directly. Instructions for the DoD Fax Service are in the "Important Information" section or online at FVAP.gov.

See the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart for the deadline for submitting the FWAB. If you receive the state absentee ballot after transmitting your voted FWAB, you may also vote and return the state absentee ballot. If both are received by the deadline, only the state absentee ballot will be counted.

Local election offices for countySearch Offices

County Mailing Address
Barbour Barbour Clerk of the County Commission
26 N. Main St.
Philippi, WV 26416
Phone: (304) 457-2232
Fax: (304) 457-5983
Berkeley Berkeley Clerk of the County Commission
400 W. Stephen St., Suite 106
Martinsburg, WV 25401
Phone: (304) 264-1989
Fax: (304) 260-4882
Boone Boone Clerk of the County Commission
200 State St
Madison, WV 25130
Phone: (304) 369-7330
Fax: (304) 369-7329
Braxton Braxton Clerk of the County Commission
300 Main St., PO Box 486
Sutton, WV 26601
Phone: (304) 765-2833
Fax: (304) 765-2093
Brooke Brooke Clerk of the County Commission
632 Main St
Wellsburg, WV 26070
Phone: (304) 737-3661
Fax: (304) 737-4023
Cabell Cabell Clerk of the County Commission
750 5th Ave, Ste 108
Huntington, WV 25701
Phone: (304) 526-8625
Fax: (304) 526-8632
Calhoun Calhoun Clerk of the County Commission
363 Main Street, Suite 201
Grantsville, WV 26147
Phone: (304) 354-6725
Fax: (304) 354-6447
Clay Clay Clerk of the County Commission
246 Main St., P.O. Box 190
Clay, WV 25043
Phone: (304) 587-4259
Fax: (304) 587-4202
Doddridge Doddridge Clerk of the County Commission
108 E. Court St, Suite 1
West Union, WV 26456
Phone: (304) 873-2631
Fax: (304) 873-1840
Fayette Fayette Clerk of the County Commission
100 Court St., Suite 1, P.O. Box 569
Fayetteville, WV 25840
Phone: (304) 574-4225
Fax: (304) 574-4335
Gilmer Gilmer Clerk of the County Commission
10 Howard St
Glenville, WV 26351
Phone: (304) 462-7641
Fax: (304) 462-8855
Grant Grant Clerk of the County Commission
5 Highland Ave
Petersburg, WV 26847
Phone: (304) 257-4550
Fax: (304) 257-4207
Greenbrier Greenbrier Clerk of the County Commission
912 Court St. N., PO Box 506
Lewisburg, WV 24901
Phone: (304) 647-6602
Fax: (304) 647-6694
Hampshire Hampshire Clerk of the County Commission
19 East Main St., PO Box 806
Romney, WV 26757
Phone: (304) 822-5112
Fax: (304) 822-4039
Hancock Hancock Clerk of the County Commission
102 North Court St., PO Box 367
New Cumberland, WV 26047
Phone: (304) 564-3311
Fax: (304) 564-5941
Hardy Hardy Clerk of the County Commission
204 Washington St, Rm 111
Moorefield, WV 26836
Phone: (304) 530-0250
Fax: (304) 530-0251
Harrison Harrison Clerk of the County Commission
301 W. Main St
Clarksburg, WV 26301
Phone: (304) 624-8675
Fax: (304) 624-8575
Jackson Jackson Clerk of the County Commission
100 Court St. North, P.O. Box 800
Ripley, WV 25271
Phone: (304) 373-2250
Fax: (304) 372-1107
Jefferson Jefferson Clerk of the County Commission
100 East Washington St., P.O. Box 208
Charles Town, WV 25414
Phone: 304-728-3246
Fax: 304-728-1957
Kanawha Kanawha Clerk of the County Commission
415 Quarrier Street
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: (304) 357-0130
Fax: (304) 357-0585
Lewis Lewis Clerk of the County Commission
110 Center Avenue
Weston, WV 26452
Phone: (304) 269-8215
Fax: (304) 269-8202
Lincoln Lincoln Clerk of the County Commission
8000 Court Avenue, P.O. Box 497
Hamlin, WV 25523
Phone: (304) 824-3336
Fax: (304) 824-2444
Logan Logan Clerk of the County Commission
300 Stratton St
Logan, WV 25601
Phone: (304) 792-8600
Fax: (304) 792-8246
Marion Marion Clerk of the County Commission
219 Adams Street
Fairmont, WV 26555
Phone: (304) 367-5445
Fax: (304) 367-5448
Marshall Marshall Clerk of the County Commission
600 7th St., P.O. Box 459
Moundsville, WV 26041
Phone: (304) 845-1220
Fax: (304) 845-5891
Mason Mason Clerk of the County Commission
200 6th St
Point Pleasant, WV 25550
Phone: (304) 675-1997
Fax: (304) 675-2521
McDowell McDowell Clerk of the County Commission
90 Wyoming St, Ste 109
Welch, WV 24801
Phone: (304) 436-8544
Fax: (304) 436-8576
Mercer Mercer Clerk of the County Commission
1501 West Main St, Ste 121
Princeton, WV 24740
Phone: (304) 487-8338
Fax: (304) 425-4851
Mineral Mineral Clerk of the County Commission
150 Armstrong St
Keyser, WV 26726
Phone: (304) 788-3924
Fax: (304) 788-4109
Mingo Mingo Clerk of the County Commission
78 East 2nd Ave., Room 125
Williamson, WV 25661
Phone: (304) 235-0330
Fax: (304) 235-0565
Monongalia Monongalia Clerk of the County Commission
243 High St, Rm. 123
Morgantown, WV 26505
Phone: (304) 291-7230
Fax: (304) 291-7233
Monroe Monroe Clerk of the County Commission
350 Main St., P.O. Box 350
Union, WV 24983
Phone: (304) 772-3096
Fax: (304) 772-4191
Morgan Morgan Clerk of the County Commission
77 Fairfax St, Rm 102
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411
Phone: (304) 258-8547
Fax: (304) 258-8545
Nicholas Nicholas Clerk of the County Commission
700 Main St, Ste 2
Summersville, WV 26651
Phone: (304) 872-7820
Fax: (304) 872-9600
Ohio Ohio County Elections Clerk
1500 Chapline St, Rm 215
Wheeling, WV 26003
Phone: (304) 234-3750
Fax: (304) 234-3827
Pendleton Pendleton Clerk of the County Commission
100 South Main St., P.O. Box 1167
Franklin, WV 26807
Phone: (304) 358-2505
Fax: (304) 358-2473
Pleasants Pleasants Clerk of the County Commission
301 Court Lane, Rm 101
St. Marys, WV 26170
Phone: (304) 684-3542
Fax: (304) 684-7569
Pocahontas Pocahontas Clerk of the County Commission
900-C 10th Ave
Marlinton, WV 24954
Phone: (304) 799-4549
Fax: (304) 799-6947
Preston Preston Clerk of the County Commission
106 West Main St, Ste 103
Kingwood, WV 26537
Phone: (304) 329-0070
Fax: (304) 329-0198
Putnam Putnam Clerk of the County Commission
12093 Winfield Road, Suite 3
Winfield, WV 25213
Phone: (304) 586-0202
Fax: (304) 204-1408
Raleigh Raleigh Clerk of the County Commission
215 Main St
Beckley, WV 25802
Phone: (304) 252-8681
Fax: (304) 252-8698
Randolph Randolph Clerk of the County Commission
2 Randolph Ave
Elkins, WV 26241
Phone: (304) 636-0543
Fax: (304) 636-0544
Ritchie Ritchie Clerk of the County Commission
115 E. Main St, Rm 201
Harrisville, WV 26362
Phone: (304) 643-2164
Fax: (304) 643-2906
Roane Roane Clerk of the County Commission
200 Main St
Spencer, WV 25276
Phone: (304) 927-2860
Fax: (304) 927-2489
Summers Summers Clerk of the County Commission
120 Ballengee Street, Suite 106
Hinton, WV 25951
Phone: (304) 466-7104
Fax: (304) 466-7146
Taylor Taylor Clerk of the County Commission
128 W. Main St., Annex 2
Grafton, WV 26354
Phone: (304) 265-1401
Fax: (304) 265-2889
Tucker Tucker Clerk of the County Commission
211 First St, Ste 204
Parsons, WV 26287
Phone: (304) 478-2414
Fax: (304) 478-2217
Tyler Tyler Clerk of the County Commission
121 Main St., P.O. Box 66
Middlebourne, WV 26149
Phone: (304) 758-2102
Fax: (304) 758-2126
Upshur Upshur Clerk of the County Commission
40 W. Main St, Rm 101
Buckhannon, WV 26201
Phone: (304) 472-1068
Fax: (304) 472-1029
Wayne Wayne Clerk of the County Commission
700 Hendricks St., P.O. Box 248
Wayne, WV 25570
Phone: (304) 272-6362
Fax: (304) 272-5318
Webster Webster Clerk of the County Commission
2 Court Square, Rm G1
Webster Springs, WV 26288
Phone: (304) 847-2508
Fax: (304) 847-5780
Wetzel Wetzel Clerk of the County Commission
200 Main St., PO Box 156
New Martinsville, WV 26155
Phone: (304) 455-8224
Fax: (304) 455-5256
Wirt Wirt Clerk of the County Commission
19 Washington St., Rm 102, P.O. Box 53
Elizabeth, WV 26143
Phone: (304) 275-4271
Fax: (304) 275-3418
Wood Wood Clerk of the County Commission
1 Court Square, PO Box 1474
Parkersburg, WV 26101
Phone: (304) 424-1850
Fax: (304) 424-1982
Wyoming Wyoming Clerk of the County Commission
24 Main Avenue, PO Box 309
Pineville, WV 24874
Phone: (304) 732-8000
Fax: (304) 732-9659