VoteRiders' resources on West Virginia's 2018 voter ID law
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VOTERIDERS’ NEW RESOURCES ON VOTER ID IN WEST VIRGINIA
Originally published to the VoteRiders Blog
As of January 1, 2018, registered West Virginia voters will have to show a “valid and unexpired” ID to vote at their polling place. The list of acceptable voter IDs includes both photo and non-photo forms of identification.
VoteRiders has just released updated versions of our wallet-sized WV Voter ID Information Card, also available in Spanish, with full details of which IDs are acceptable for voting. Voters who have questions or who need assistance securing ID or any documents that may be required to obtain ID are invited to call VoteRiders’ toll-free Voter ID Helpline at 844-338-8743.
With just four months until West Virginia’s primary election on May 8, 2018, the Secretary of State faces a challenge in ensuring that voters understand the new voter ID law and that poll workers are properly trained to administer the law fairly. State Elections Director Donald Kersey said, “The biggest lift, I think, will be on the county clerks in training their poll workers to know all the different forms of acceptable ID and know all the different exceptions so that our wait time on Election Day and during early voting isn’t any more than it has been in the past.”
Exception 1. Signed, Sworn Statement by an Adult who has Known the Voter for At Least 6 Months
A voter does not have to show an ID to vote if the voter is accompanied by an adult who:
- Has known the voter for at least 6 months;
- Shows a photo ID with his or her name and address; and
- Signs an affidavit at the polling place confirming the voter’s identity.
Exception 2: A Poll Worker Knows the Voter
A voter does not to have to show ID to vote if a poll worker has known the voter for at least 6 months. No additional affidavit or ID is required.
Exception 3: Residents of State Care Facilities
Residents of licensed WV state care facilities do not have to show ID to vote if:
- The voter is a resident of the care facility;
- The care facility is a polling place; and
- The resident’s polling place is located at the care facility.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What if a voter cannot obtain any of the forms of ID?
A: Registered voters can apply for a free Voter ID Card from their county clerk. The Card will show the voter’s name, address, photo and voter identification number. Applications must be submitted in person at the county clerk’s office, and voters can choose to have their Voter ID Card mailed to them or pick the Card up at the county clerk’s office.
Q: What if a voter shows up to vote, does not have an ID, and does not fall under any of the exceptions?
A: The voter will be able to vote a provisional ballot and can then prove his or her residence at the county clerk’s office before canvass begins (usually 5 days after Election Day).
If you have questions, please call VoteRiders’ toll-free Voter ID Helpline: 844-338-8743.
Free Printable: WV Voter ID Info wallet card
More Info: West Virginia Secretary of State
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