1.    How does vote by mail work?

A few weeks before Election Day, the county clerk mails a ballot to every registered voter.  The ballot comes with instructions, a secrecy envelope, and a ballot return envelope.

The voter marks the ballot, encloses it in the secrecy envelope, encloses that envelope in the ballot return envelope, and signs the ballot return envelope.

Then, the voter has a choice:  mail the ballot package back to the county clerk so that it will arrive by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day (postmarks don’t count) or deposit the ballot in an official ballot deposit box. 


Secure ballot deposit boxes will be located throughout the county.

When the ballot is received by the clerk, the voter’s signature is verified against the signature in the voter’s registration record.  If the signature matches, the ballot is accepted for counting.  If the signature does not match, it is reviewed by two other officials and, if it is still deemed a non-match, the voter is notified to cure the deficiency before Election Day.

We thank the League of Women Voters of West Virginia and the League of Women Voters of Morgantown-Monongalia County for their sponsorship.  The League is not responsible for content.
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