Absentee voting is a service provided by West Virginia's election officials to voters who find themselves unable to make it to polling places on election day. For voters who are out of their primary residence area in the weeks leading up to election day, absentee by mail applications are available. For voters who are unable to make it to the polls on election day or would simply wish to cast a ballot without the lines of a major election day, West Virginia offers Early In-person voting, which is also an absentee voting function.
Voting an absentee ballot by mail is a service that is provided only to voters who meet special criteria as specified by state law. Early in-person voting is available to any registered voter. Some common reasons to vote an absentee by mail ballot include attendance at a university, military service or business travel.
To ensure that our voters receive the easiest access to the forms and information they need we have split our absentee voting page into subsections. Special voting procedures apply to military and overseas voters, so members of uniformed services and merchant marines, their family members, and citizens residing outside of the United States should visit our military and overseas voter
page. For all other registered voters wishing to vote an absentee ballot, please visit our general absentee information