As the deadline nears to register to vote …or change party affiliation, some voters are wondering about what their options are if they are registered Independent or No Party Affiliation? If you are not registered as one of the four major parties in West Virginia: Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or Mountain State, you can state what ballot you wish to cast when you go to the polls on Primary Election Day.
According to the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office, it is necessary for the voter to pro-actively tell the poll worker which ballot they would like. If the voter says nothing, the poll worker will provide a non-partisan ballot.
West Virginia residents have until April 19 to register to vote or to change their party registration. The process has been made even more convenient and can be accomplished online, by mail or by visiting the County Clerk’s office. In order to register or change your registration residents will need 1) name as it appears on West Virginia Drivers’ license or on an ID card 2) date of birth 3) last 4 digits of Social Security number 4) drivers license or id card.
Those wishing to register by mail can print out the registration form found on the WV Secretary of State’s (WVSOS) site, Election Division.