The deadline is approaching to register to vote in West Virginia’s upcoming primary election.
Tuesday, April 17 marks the final day to register to vote in the May 8 primary.
“You can register vote in person at your county clerk's office, you can send in a voter registration application and then you have to go through a process of verifying your address, which includes showing an ID -- an acceptable form of ID -- on Election Day,” said Secretary of State Elections Division director “Deak” Kersey. “You can also go online.”
Those who would like to register or need update their registration online can do so on the Secretary of State's website.
Locations of county clerk's offices can also be found online.
Data from the Secretary of State’s office show more than 1.2 million West Virginians were registered to vote by the end of last month. Nearly 43 percent are listed as Democrats and nearly 32 percent are registered Republicans. Roughly 22 percent of registered voters in the state have no party affiliation, while the Mountain and Libertarian Parties each account for less than 1 percent.
The May 8 primary marks the first statewide election under a new voter identification law, which went into effect at the beginning of the year.