VOTE: Election 2020
West Virginia
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VOTING IN PERSON

Poll Times
6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.


ID Requirements
Non-photo identification is required:

West Virginia driver’s license or valid West Virginia ID card
Driver’s license issued by a state other than the State of West Virginia
U.S. passport or passport card
Employee ID card with a photograph of the eligible voter issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the United States government or the state
Student ID card with a photograph issued by an institution of higher education in West Virginia
High school ID card issued by a West Virginia high school
Military ID card issued by the United States with a photograph of the person desiring to vote
Concealed carry permit issued by the sheriff of the county with a photograph of the person desiring to vote
Medicare card or Social Security card
Birth certificate
Voter registration card issued by a county clerk in the State of West Virginia
Hunting or fishing license issued by the State of West Virginia
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) ID card
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program ID card
West Virginia Medicaid ID card
Bank card or valid debit card
Utility bill issued within six months of the date of the election
Bank statement issued within six months of the date of the election
Health insurance card issued to the voter

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Can I vote by mail in West Virginia?
Yes! You just need to request a ballot.

Can I submit an application online?
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What's the deadline to request a mail-in ballot?
Your request must be received by October 28th.

What's the deadline to submit my ballot?
Your mail-in ballot must be postmarked by Election Day (November 3) and received by November 9.

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EARLY VOTING

Early voting
Oct. 21

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October 16
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Candidates & Races

President of the United States

Biography

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (b. November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is the former Democratic vice president of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama (D) from January 20, 2009, to January 20, 2017. He previously served as a U.S. senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009.

On April 25, 2019, Biden announced that he was running for president of the United States in 2020. With the plurality of pledged delegates, Biden became the presumptive Democratic nominee on April 8, 2020, after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) suspended his presidential campaign. Biden crossed the delegate threshold necessary to win the nomination on June 5, 2020, and was formally nominated at the 2020 Democratic National Convention on August 18, 2020.

Biden announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

On January 12, 2017, President Barack Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime of public service, marking the final time Obama would present the nation's highest civilian honor. Biden received the award with distinction, an additional honor given only to Pope John Paul II, former President Ronald Reagan, and retired Gen. Colin Powell in the previous three administrations.

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Biography

Donald John Trump (b. June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York) is the 45th and current president of the United States. He assumed office on January 20, 2017. He filed to run for re-election on the same day.

Key policy initiatives during Trump's first term include the United States withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and First Step Act in 2018, reducing the size of the ISIS caliphate, and establishing the Space Force as an independent military branch. Trump has made more than 200 federal judicial appointments, including two U.S. Supreme Court justices.

During his presidency, Trump has issued eight vetoes. To read more about these vetoes, click here.

On December 18, 2019, Trump became the third president in U.S. history to be impeached by the U.S. House. The U.S. Senate acquitted Trump on both charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on February 5, 2020.

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Vice President of the United States

Biography

Kamala Devi Harris (b. October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from California. Harris was first elected to the Senate in 2016. She became the second Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first Indian American to serve in the chamber.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Harris was his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

Harris previously ran for president of the United States, entering the race on January 21, 2019. She suspended her presidential campaign on December 3, 2019, and endorsed Biden on March 8, 2020.

Harris is the former attorney general of California. She served in the position from 2011 to 2017. She also served as San Francisco's district attorney from 2004 to 2011.

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Michael Richard "Mike" Pence (b. June 7, 1959, in Columbus, Indiana) is the 48th vice president of the United States, serving in President Donald Trump's (R) administration. He was elected on November 8, 2016, and sworn in on January 20, 2017.

Pence served as the 50th governor of Indiana from 2013 to 2017. As governor, Pence signed into law a 5 percent individual income tax cut in Indiana. He also supported the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 2015, allowing individuals and businesses to exert a right to the free exercise of religion. In his first year in office, FiveThirtyEight ranked him as the second most conservative governor in the country.

From 2001 to 2013, Pence served as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. During his final year in the House, Pence was rated a far-right Republican leader based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack.

Pence's press secretary stated that Pence tested negative for coronavirus on March 21, 2020. Pence was tested after one of his staffers tested positive. Click here for more information on political figures impacted by coronavirus.

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Governor of West Virginia

Biography

Ben Salango (Democratic Party) is running for election for Governor of West Virginia. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. He advanced from the Democratic primary on June 9, 2020.

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Daniel Lutz (Mountain Party) is running for election for Governor of West Virginia. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. He advanced from the Mountain Party convention on June 20, 2020.

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Erika Kolenich (Libertarian Party) is running for election for Governor of West Virginia. She is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. She advanced from the Libertarian Party convention on April 8, 2020.

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Biography

Jim Justice (Republican Party) is the Governor of West Virginia. He assumed office on January 16, 2017. His current term ends on January 18, 2021.

Justice (Republican Party) is running for re-election for Governor of West Virginia. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. He advanced from the Republican primary on June 9, 2020.

Justice was first elected governor in 2016 as a Democrat. On August 3, 2017, Justice announced a change in his party affiliation to the Republican Party at a rally with President Donald Trump (R), saying "Today, I will tell you, with lots of prayers and lots of thinking, I can’t help you anymore being a Democrat governor. So tomorrow, I will be changing my registration to Republican."

Justice is a coal and agriculture businessman. He joined his family's business in 1976 and became President and CEO of Bluestone Industries, Inc. and Bluestone Coal Corporation in 1993 following the death of his father. Before serving as governor, according to his biography, Justice was president and CEO of 102 companies.

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Quintin Gerard Caldwell (independent) is running for election for Governor of West Virginia. He is a write-in candidate in the general election on November 3, 2020.

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