Shepherdstown, W.Va., – The final day to register to vote in West Virginia is Tuesday, Oct. 13. If you haven’t yet registered, Jefferson County residents can visit the courthouse. Which is located on 100 E. Washington St., Charles Town, W.Va. If you have a West Virginia driver’s license you can register to vote online here.
Some acceptable forms of proof of residency are a current utility bill or bank statement. If you will be mailing in your ballot it is important to properly seal your ballot in the privacy envelope provided so that your vote can be counted, otherwise your ballot will not count.
Young people account for half of the voting-age population, according to The Best Colleges. However, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation in 2018, only 36 percent of people ages 18-24 voted in the state of West Virginia.
The local Democratic headquarters in Shepherdstown will also help you register to vote. They have the forms needed to register, plenty of fliers and pamphlets filled with information. If there is something that they can’t do for you there they will refer you to the nearest place that can assist you.
The deadline for absentee ballot registration is Nov. 3 through mail and Nov. 2 if returned in person to the courthouse. There are also tables located on campus and in town.
Early voting starts Wednesday, Oct. 21, and ends on Saturday, Oct. 31, and will take place at Jefferson County Courthouse in Charles Town.
For those voting on election day, Nov. 3, it will take place at your designated polling place. If you plan on voting in person you will need to bring with your state or government-issued identification and if you’re a first-time voter you will need to bring proof of residence as well.
Regardless of what party you are affiliated with, the Democratic headquarters is able and willing to help. They are located at 126 W. German Street, Shepherdstown W.Va. They are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.
It is important for everyone to vote regardless of who you vote for. It is especially important for young people to vote.