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W.Va. online voter registration to start soon

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — By the end of the month, you should be able to register to vote in West Virginia without leaving your home.

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant’s office is doing “final testing” this week on its website to allow online voter registration and expects to launch by the end of September, which is National Voter Registration Month.

“Three years from now, five years from now, people are going to think ‘Oh, I never knew that we couldn’t register to vote online,’” Tennant said. “This is allowing someone to sit at their own desk, use their own phone, use their own computer.”

It’s been more than two years since the Legislature, at Tennant’s request, passed a law authorizing online voter registration in West Virginia.

To register online, a potential voter will need to have a West Virginia driver’s license or a Division of Motor Vehicles-issued ID card.

To register, a resident will go to the Secretary of State’s website,, where they will fill in relevant information, including name, address and date of birth.

Since a signature is required to register to vote, the website will then pull the potential voter’s signature that is on record with the DMV…

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