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West Virginia's New Voter ID Law

Friday, February 9, 2018

West Virginia’s new voter ID law went into effect on January 1.  But don’t let that scare you—IT’S EASY TO VOTE! Just be aware that when you enter your polling place or an early voting center, you will be asked for ID. There are many different things that can be used, but they must not be expired. If you have a driver’s license or other WV ID card issued by the DMV, a passport, military ID, US or WV Government employee ID card, or a concealed carry permit, you can use them as ID. Or you can use your voter ID card, a government-issued card such as Medicare, Medicaid, SNAP, Social Security, or WV hunting or fishing license. You can use a bank/debit card, bank statement or utility bill issued within 6 months of the election.

There are three exceptions to the voter ID requirement. You can be accompanied by a voter who has known you for at least six months who will sign an affidavit confirming your identity. If the poll worker knows you, you do not have to show ID. If you are a resident of a care facility which houses your polling place, you do not have to show ID. 

If you arrive at the polling place without any of these forms of identification, you will be allowed to cast a provisional ballot. If you then go to the County Clerk’s office and show some form of ID, your ballot will be considered valid and will be counted along with all other ballots.

 For more information, or to obtain a FREE state issued voter ID card or to register to vote, contact the County Clerk’s office at 304-291-7230 or www.monongaliacountyclerk.com