Monday, April 16, 2018

TOMORROW 4/17 is last day to register to vote for primary, and new WV voter ID law in place this year

April 17, 2018 is the last day you can register to vote in the May 9, 2018 primary in West Virginia.

In 2017 the WV Secretary of State's office purged over 47,000 names from the voter rolls who were presumably ineligible (duplicates, deceased, etc.). You can check the status of your own voter registration to be sure you weren't among those 47,000 by going to https://services.sos.wv.gov/Elections/Voter/AmIRegisteredToVote and entering your name and SSN.

This year you will have to present ID at the polls to vote, according to a state law that went into January 1. WV Code §3-1-31 Don't worry, it does not have to be a picture ID. These requirements don't apply if you vote absentee. Here's a list of the acceptable forms of ID you submit when you vote at the polling place:

  • Voter registration card
  • Medicare card or Social Security card
  • Birth certificate
  • WV hunting or fishing license
  • WV SNAP ID card
  • WV TANF program ID card
  • WV Medicaid ID card
  • Bank or debit card
  • Utility bill or bank statement issued within
  • six months of the date of the election
  • Health insurance card issued to the voter
  • WV driver’s license or other WV ID card
  • issued by the DMV
  • Driver’s license issued by another state
  • U.S. passport or passport card
  • Military ID card issued by the U.S.
  • U.S. or WV Government employee ID card
  • Student ID card
  • A concealed carry (pistol/revolver) permit

If you can't produce any acceptable ID you can still vote if you bring an adult who has known you at least 6 mo to complete an affidavit about your identity.

If you can't produce valid ID or a friend who knows you you can cast a provisional ballot.

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