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Absentee Voting Information

Absentee Voting

In West Virginia, certain registered voters may receive and vote an absentee ballot by mail. This page provides information regarding absentee voting eligibility, process and required forms.

Eligibility and Absentee Voting Information:

The deadline to submit an absentee ballot application is the 6th day before each election. Applications must be submitted to your county clerk via fax, U.S. mail, email, or in-person to the county clerk.

A complete list of the eligibility requirements and information relating to the different forms and qualifications for absentee voting in West Virginia may be viewed at the following link: Eligibility For Absentee Voting in West Virginia.

Voting an Absentee Ballot

County Clerks begin mailing ballots on the 46th day before the election. For absentee ballot applications received after the 46th day, ballots are mailed out within 24-hours of receiving the application. For instructions on how to vote an absentee ballot, please select one of the links below:

Instructions for Voting a Paper Ballot by Mail

Instructions for Voting an Optical Scan Ballot by Mail

Returning an Absentee Ballot

After receiving an absentee ballot, the voter may simply vote and return the ballot to the County Clerk in the appropriate envelopes as soon as possible (or by hand delivery at the Clerk’s office).

Unless a voter is a military or overseas voter, the ballot must be mailed and postmarked by Election Day and received by the start of Canvass.

For hand-delivery, absentee ballots must be delivered to the County Clerk's office by the day before Election Day. Although voters do not have to personally return his or her absentee ballot, no one person may deliver more than two voters' absentee ballots.

Voters Covered under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA)

Voters covered under UOCAVA may register to vote, request and return an absentee ballot for certain elections held within West Virginia.

To see whether you qualify to vote absentee under UOCAVA, please visit the following page: Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA)

If you are eligible as a UOCAVA voter, you may both register to vote and apply for an absentee ballot by filling out and submitting the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). Once complete, you must submit your FPCA to your county clerk via email, fax, or U.S. mail.

You may return your absentee ballot in the same manner it was transmitted based on your choice marked on the FPCA, or via U.S. Mail. Your absentee ballot must be received by your county clerk by the start of Canvass, which begins in most counties five (5) days after Election Day.

Tracking an Absentee Ballot

Absentee voters may conveniently track the status of their absentee ballots by entering the requested information at the following link: Absentee Ballot Tracking.


If we may be of any further assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us:  304.558.6000   toll free 866.767.8683  email:   Elections@wvsos.gov

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