Dates to Remember
November is coming!
Vote safely at home with an absentee ballot. Every registered voter is eligible, but the rules have changed since the Primary. To get an absentee ballot, you have to apply.
Key dates to remember:
Summary of key dates (with links to request absentee ballots)
Calendars, by month
Remembering Rep. John R. Lewis, voting rights advocate.
Less than 100 days
Our purpose must shift, with less than 100 days to go until the November 2020 election and no vote by mail law on the books.
This adjustment in purpose is temporary. The Legislature meets again in February 2021.
By necessity, we shift focus to absentee by mail with expanded eligibility. Here is a summary of its recent history in West Virginia.
New members added.
We can learn a lot about the potential for vote by mail in West Virginia by evaluating data from surveys and elections.
Two new analyses have just been added:
What are the reasons for non-voting in West Virginia? Vote by mail could address some of these.
What can the results of the 2020 Primary tell us about the potential for acceptance of vote by mail in West Virginia?
To learn more, CLICK on DATA.
The News page has been subdivided for greater ease of use.
Colorado and Utah had primary elections on June 30. Unlike other states trying to vote during the pandemic, elections in Colorado and Utah generated little attention because vote by mail works.
We try our best, but sometimes typos slip in.
How vote by mail works may be obvious to anyone who has experienced it, but perfectly opaque to anyone who hasn't. That's understandable.
This new page shows examples of the materials used in Oregon, the oldest vote by mail state.
We are grateful to the Benton County, Oregon, Elections Office, and voters from Oregon for their assistance. We also recognized and thank Andy Cripe, Mid-Valley Media, for photographs previously published in the Corvallis Gazette-Times.
Similar to the page described above:
This page shows examples of the materials used in Colorado.
We are grateful to a voter from Pueblo County, Colorado, for sharing materials.
The Join Us page has been updated with the latest count of Vote by Mail WV Supporters and names of members of the Vote by Mail WV Coalition.
Updated again: 7/10/2020
Added new Frequently Asked Questions.
If you have other questions, please submit them at Contact Us.
25. What is the biggest misunderstanding about vote by mail?
26. What does vote by mail look like in states that already do it?
Samples of vote by mail materials from the 2020 primary elections in Oregon and Colorado.
Previously, only individuals could join the Vote by Mail WV Coalition.
Now Organizations can join too!
A new page just to help you find content added for each new version of VoteByMailWV.com
The following was added 5/30/2020, in version 1.1 ...
This page was formerly called HB 4742.
New information about the 2011 Vote by Mail Pilot Program in Morgantown. Source: League of Women Voters of Morgantown/Monongalia County.
Four new Frequently Asked Questions. Those marked as "submitted" came from users of the website. If you have other questions, please submit them at Contact Us.
21. I still don’t understand the differences between absentee voting and vote by mail. Simplify.
A new infographic illustrates differences between absentee voting and vote by mail.
22. The only downside for our county is the effort and expense already made for voting machines. [submitted]
23. How easy is it to process all the ballots, if they are counted only on election day? Are they machine read? [submitted]
24. Are there other cost savings associated with vote by mail?
On May 30, 2020, the Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters of West Virginia voted to sponsor VoteByMailWV.com. We thank them.