WV is not a state that mails ballots to all registered voters. In West Virginia to receive an absentee ballot we must have the signature of the voter. Usually this is done by completing a paper absentee ballot application. But, this year there is a new way to request an absentee ballot.

You can go to   and complete the application on line. But, as in the case of the paper form, we must have your signature requesting the ballot. You can sign by using the mouse on your computer, and if using your phone or iPad you can use a stylus or your finger.

If you do not have access to a computer, just call the clerk’s office at 304-354-6725 and we will be glad to mail you an application.

The county clerk’s office will begin mailing out absentee ballots on September 18, 2020. The last day to request an absentee ballot is October 28th but we encourage voters who are going to vote by absentee to request early so we can get the ballot to you as soon as possible.

When ballots are received back in the county clerk’s office the signatures on the outside of the envelope are compared to the voter’s signature that is on file with your voter’s registration.

In West Virginia absentee ballots are counted if they are received by the day of canvass which is five days after the election. This year that day will be November 9th.

If you elect to early vote – October 21-October 31 – or vote on Election Day, November 3rd, you will be required to show some type of identification. This has been the requirement since January 1, 2018. Following is a list of acceptable identifications.

Acceptable Forms of Non-Photo Identification:

* 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

Acceptable Forms of Photo Identification:

* WV driver’s license or other WV ID card issued by the DMV
* WV Voter Identification Card
* 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

We encourage all Calhoun County voters to vote! Vote the way you feel the most safe, whether that be absentee, early vote or election day.

See Acceptable forms of voter ID   here