West Virginia

Mountain State

Montani semper liberi (Mountaineers are always free)


394,000 absentee ballots were cast in West Virginia’s 2020 election cycle. Overall 802,726 ballots were cast in the 2020 election, putting overall state turnout at about 63.25%. The state swung heavily for incumbent Donald Trump, who won its 5 electoral votes with 68.63% of the popular vote. West Virginia voted for Donald Trump in 2020 making him the first Republican candidate to carry the state since Bob Dole in 1996.

West Virginia has a bicameral legislature with 34 senators and 100 delegates. The legislative sessions are held annually staring the second Wednesday in January lasting 60 days, and Republicans have held the majority in both chambers since 2014. West Virginia’s governor, Jim Justice (R), is not eligible for re-election.

Election Integrity

In the wake of the 2020 elections and resulting lack of confidence in the outcome, state legislatures across the country reviewed their election laws and proposed and/or enacted certain modifications to existing law. While our country remains bitterly divided, a battle is taking place as to whether these laws suppress the vote or expand access to the ballot box. Many believe claims of voter suppression from the Left are part of a larger effort to federalize our elections. But the U.S. Constitution grants state legislatures authority to establish state election laws.

Learn more about state election law reforms and decide for yourself. Do you want bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. controlling local elections or do you want your state lawmakers to write laws that meet your state’s unique characteristics?

Absentee Ballot Application

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ExcuseAllowed for those suffering disability, illness, or incarceration. No-excure absentee ballots allowed.
- West Virginia Secretary of State
No legislative movement
AutomaticAt the DMVNo changeNo legislative movement
DeadlineSix days prior to the election. No changeNo legislative movement
Valid for X# of CyclesSame cycle onlyNo changeNo legislative movement

Legislative Ratings

The American Conservative Union Foundation rates all members of the legislature to track how they vote on key legislation. A high rating reflects a more conservative voting record.

West Virginia averages a 61% rating, reflecting its right leaning position. Visit their ratings page to learn more about individual voting and why ACU opposed or supported the legislation.