April 21 marks West Virginia’s deadline for registering to vote in the May 12 Democratic primary and the November presidential election. It will be here before you know it, so no more excuses—here are five ways to register to vote today.

Online is one of the most convenient ways to register to vote. You will need to provide your name as it appears on your driver’s license or official ID card, your birthday, your driver’s license or ID card number, and the last four digits of your social security number. 

If you’re out and about and would rather take care of it in person, you can register at your local County Clerk’s office. Download a registration form and take it with you, or fill one out in the clerk’s office. You will need a valid driver’s license or ID card, and you must prove your residency by providing one of these documents: a utility bill, a bank statement, a check issued by the government, a paycheck, or another official government document. 

Maybe someone needs your help registering to vote, or you’ve downloaded the form for yourself but can’t make it to the clerk’s office in person. You do have the option of mailing it to your County Clerk’s office. It’s best to use this method far enough in advance that your form arrives before the deadline.

If you already have a trip to your local Department of Motor Vehicles planned, scratch two things off your to-do list at once and register there. You need all the same kinds of documents to prove your identity to the DMV, so you’ll be prepared to register to vote as well. The process is simple and much quicker than any other business you’ll have at the DMV. 

Finally, voter registration drives are held all over the state in the weeks before the registration deadline. If you’re not familiar with the area or don’t have access to one of the sources we list above, check headlines in your local newspaper for a registration drive. Registration drive volunteers will get you signed up as a card-carrying voter in your community.

Thanks for voting! 

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Damon Rouse
Written by Damon Rouse
Damon is an undergraduate at West Virginia University studying professional writing and editing. As a Wheeling, West Virginia native and an aspiring creative writer, he is interning with New South Media in the spring 2020 semester to hone his craft. If he isn’t at the library writing and revising short stories, he finds joy in instructing Muay Thai for the university, playing video games, or exploring the natural beauties West Virginia has to offer. Outside of the academic and professional world, he is the proud older brother of twelve siblings.