Be Registered & Be Ready to Vote:
The deadline to register to vote in the 2018 general election is Tuesday, October 16. With many important races on the ballot in November, it’s important to make sure you’re registered to vote and ready to vote. This means making sure you have your ID, informing yourself about the issues and candidates, and last but not least, getting yourself to the polls.
Is your registration current? Even if you think you are registered, more than 100,000 voters have been removed from voter registration lists as part of a ‘cleansing of the rolls’ conducted by county clerks and the Secretary of State. You can check your registration status at GoVoteWV.com or by contacting your county clerk just to be sure.
Once you’ve confirmed your registration status, remember West Virginia’s new voter ID law is now in effect and everyone must show some form of ID when then go to the polls. Because West Virginia’s law is not as strict as voter ID laws passed in other states, most voters will likely have one of the acceptable forms of ID on the list.
Acceptable forms of photo ID include driver’s licenses, passports, military and student IDs, and concealed carry permits. Several forms of non-photo IDs will also be accepted including Medicare and Medicaid cards, hunting and fishing licenses, bank and debit cards, utility bills, and health insurance cards. Voters who lack a valid form of ID could have a friend or poll worker vouch for them. For a complete list of acceptable forms of ID, please contact your county clerk, call the WVSOS Elections Division at 304-558-6000, or visit www.wvsos.gov.
Every vote counts, and we don’t want potential voters to be turned away.
General Election 2018 Dates to Remember:
General Election – November 6
Poll Hours 6:30 am – 7:30 pm
Voter Registration Deadline – October 16
Early Voting – October 24 – November 3
Click here for a list of early voting locations or contact your county clerk for times and locations.