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 Important Absentee Voting Deadlines For West Virginia Military And Absentee Voters


    Charleston, W.Va. - West Virginia will hold a primary election for the unexpired term of U.S. Senator resulting from the death of Senator Robert C. Byrd.  

    The primary election will be held on Saturday, August 28, 2010. The deadline to register to vote or to update an existing voter registration prior to this election is Monday, August 9th.

    The candidates for this election will be certified Saturday, July 24th at 5:00 p.m.  A list of candidates will be available at www.wvsos.com

    West Virginia has three major political parties: the Republican Party ,the Democratic Party, and the Mountain Party.  

    Absentee voters may request the ballot of the party which they indicated on their current voter registration, if any.  Voters registered with no party affiliation or as “independent” may request the ballot of one of the three major political parties. 

    West Virginia will begin mailing (or electronically transmitting) ballots on July 29, 2010 to uniformed services and overseas voters.  If you are only now requesting a ballot for the special primary election, you are strongly encouraged to explore electronic voting options or the use of the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot.

    Voters may indicate on their absentee ballot application that they would like the ballot to be sent to them via fax or e-mail.  Marked ballots may be returned by the same method. If a requested absentee ballot has not arrived in time for the voter to cast it in a timely manner, the voter may use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB).

    To get started using the FWAB going to www.fvap.gov and follow the instructions for using the FWAB in West Virginia. The FWAB is also available from your Voting Assistance Officer. Vote the FWAB by using the candidate list available at www.wvsos.com on and after July 24, 2010.  Since this is a primary election, votes for an individual other than one who has filed as an official candidate will not be counted.

    We recommend you transmit your voted FWAB or regular state ballot to your County Clerk as soon as possible. Voters in Iraq, Afghanistan, on ships at sea, and other overseas locations without access to the military postal system may want to exercise electronic ballot transmission options.  A list of addresses for County Clerks may be found at www.wvsos.com

    If you are emailing or faxing the FWAB, it must be received by your county clerk by 7:30 p.m. August 28, 2010. If you are mailing the ballot or FWAB from inside or outside the United States, it must be received by your county clerk by 9:00 a.m. August 29, 2010 but must be postmarked by August 28, 2010.


Jake Glance
(304) 558-6000