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November 3, 2020


Secretary of State Mac Warner announced that he has issued guidance and a funding opportunity to assist county clerks with mailing an absentee ballot application to every registered voter in West Virginia for the November 3 General Election.


There are three simple steps for voting an absentee-by-mail ballot:



The voter submits an absentee ballot application to their county clerk;(If you HAVE NOT received your COVID-19 card mailed by your County Clerk you can print, fill out and mail
this printable application form )



Once approved, the county clerk will mail a postage prepaid absentee ballot with instructions and materials to the voter;



The voter marks the absentee ballot according to the instructions and places it in the mail to be postmarked by Election Day, November 3, 2020.


! Your county clerk must receive your application by October 28

The goal of this uniform, statewide mailing is to ensure every eligible voter has an opportunity to vote while protecting the health of voters, county clerks’ staff members, election workers, and the general public, while maximizing participation in the November 3 General Election.

Voters may still vote in-person during Early Voting (October 21st - 31st)
or on Election Day (November 3)

If you are not registered to vote you have until October 13th.

Important Dates & Deadlines

September 18, 2020 – County Clerk begins sending ballots to absentee voters.


October 13, 2020 – Deadline to register to vote


October 21 - 31, 2020 – Early Voting at the county courthouse, annex or designated community voting location during normal business hours and Saturdays 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

October 27, 2020 - November 2, 2020 – Official List of Candidates or Sample Ballot published in local newspapers throughout the state (publication dates will vary by county).

October 28, 2020 – Deadline for Absentee by Mail Application. Absentee applications received after October 28, even if postmarked, cannot be accepted by law.

November 2, 2020 – Deadline to hand-deliver Absentee Ballot to County Clerk’s office.


November 3, 2020 – General Election Day


November 4, 2020 – Absentee Ballots mailed, but without a postmark accepted.


November 9, 2020 – (Canvass) – Absentee Ballot postmarked by Election Day accepted if received by start of Canvass.

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