Gov. Jim Justice just announced that the May 12 primary election has been moved to June 9. It’s important to understand how important this election is and how to make your voice heard as safely as possible.

First, remember this election is about far more than the presidential primary. Voters will also select state Supreme Court of Appeals justices and local school board members, among many other races.

Second, remember that you can avoid public spaces by voting absentee from home. County clerks will soon begin mailing absentee ballot applications to every registered voter. You’ll need to mark the box indicating that you want an absentee ballot due to “illness, injury or other medical reason which keeps me confined.”

In-person voting will still be available, but you should continue to check with your county clerk and the Secretary of State's Office to make sure that your polling place hasn't changed. Make sure you are registered to vote here.

ACLU-WV will continue to monitor the situation, and we will notify voters about any other changes.


Here are some important deadlines to keep in mind with the new election date:

Absentee Ballot Applications Begin to Be Mailed to Voters: April 24

Last Day to Register to Vote: May 19

Early Voting: May 27-June 6

Deadline for County Clerks to Receive Absentee Ballot Applications: June 3

Election Day: June 9

Absentee ballots begin to be mailed to voters: April 24