VOTE: Election 2020
West Virginia
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Voting

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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VOTE BY MAIL

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

Can I submit an application online?
Yes, just tap the button below.

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

MILITARY OR VOTING OVERSEAS

Members of the military, their families, and US citizens living overseas can request a ballot to vote from anywhere in the world.

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Get Ready to Vote
General Election
November 3
ELECTION DAY

To vote in your state, make sure you’re registered. Here are some important deadlines:

The deadline for online/mail registration is 10/13.

The deadline for in-person registration is 10/13.

West Virginia does not allow Election Day voter registration.

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What's on my ballot?

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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 46th president of the United States, assuming office on January 20, 2021.

He won the 2020 presidential election on November 3, 2020, with 306 electoral votes. Biden launched his campaign for president of the United States on April 25, 2019. He announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as his running mate on August 11, 2020.

Biden was the 47th 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 January 12, 2017, 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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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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Governor of West Virginia

Biography

Jim Justice (Republican Party) is the Governor of West Virginia. He assumed office on January 16, 2017. His current term ends on January 13, 2025.

Justice (Republican Party) ran for re-election for Governor of West Virginia. He won in the general election on November 3, 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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