How to Register Online to Vote in West Virginia Marly Hazen April 8, 2016 This November will be the first presidential election since West Virginia implemented its new online voter registration system. If you haven’t registered yet, or if you need to revise your registration (update your name, address, or political party), register online now! Since the Mountain State launched its online voter registration system in September, 87 Randolph County residents have registered online to vote. There have also been 94 online updates to Randolph County voter registrations, according to Briana Wilson, Communications Director for the WV Secretary of State’s Office. “Online voter registration is a matter of accessibility for all,” declared West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant. Secretary Tennant elaborated, “As the state’s Chief Election Official, it is my responsibility to remove any and all barriers to the democratic process while simultaneously protecting the integrity of our elections. Citizens can rest-assured that we have taken every precaution to ensure this system is secure. We have also worked hard to make it user-friendly. West Virginia is leading the way in modernizing the election process and I am proud of the system we have created.” Eligible voters must register by April 19 to vote in the May 10 presidential and gubernatorial primaries and local elections. Q: Do I need to register with a political party if I want to vote in its primary? A: To vote in West Virginia’s primaries, you must be registered as a member of the party of the candidate for whom you are voting. Or, you must be registered as a nonpartisan voter and request a ballot for that candidate’s party at your polling place. Q: Do I need to be 18 by May 10 to vote in the primary election? A: No, you do not. If you will be 18 on or before the presidential election on November 8, 2016, you can register now and vote in both May and November. Q: Where is my polling place? A: Find your polling place here. You can find answers to other voting-related questions here. If you choose not to register online, you can download a printable voter registration form to postmark or hand-deliver by the April 19 deadline. Happy voting, Mountaineers! Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.