Tuesday, April 17, marks last day to register to vote in West Virginia primary

The West Virginia Secretary of State's Office reminds residents that Tuesday, April 17, is the last day to register to vote for the May 8 primary. (MGN Online)

With time ticking toward the West Virginia primary election, now less than a month away, the deadline to register to vote is Tuesday, April 17.

Registration will be available in Kanawha County at the Voter Registration Office at Court and Quarrier streets, beside the Judicial Annex, until 5 p.m. Tuesday. Residents also can register in their respective county clerk’s offices.

Meanwhile, online registration will be available until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the secretary of state’s website here, a spokeswoman for the secretary of state's office said.

The secretary of state’s office said citizens who register to vote for the first time or in a new county must show proof of residency. A driver’s license, current utility bill or a paycheck are common acceptable forms when registering or voting.

Meanwhile, other registered voters show identification when they go to the polls. Common forms of ID include a voter registration card, driver’s license or passport, bank debit card, current utility bill or a WV SNAP or TANF card, the secretary of state’s office said.

Secretary of State Mac Warner said in a statement Wednesday that West Virginia currently has more than 1.2 million residents registered to vote. He said it is estimated that there are another more than 220,000 residents eligible to vote who have not registered.

West Virginians who will be 18 years old before Nov. 6 are eligible to vote in the May 8 primary.

Registration status can be checked on the secretary of state’s website here.

Early voting begins Wednesday, April 25, and runs through Saturday, May 5. Hours at the Kanawha County Voter Registration Office will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday during that period. Early voting also will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on two Saturdays, April 28 and May 5.

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