Last modified on September 1, 2023 at 8:37 am

2023 Municipal Election

The 2023 municipal election for the city of Elkins will be held June 13, 2023.

On that date, a mayor will be elected to a four-year term and one council member from each of the city’s five wards will be elected to four-year terms. Also, one council member from Second Ward and one from Third Ward will be elected to two-year “unexpired” terms.

Elkins elections are non-partisan; there are no primaries for city offices.

Election Administration

City elections are administered by the Office of the Elkins City Clerk. All election-related inquiries and correspondence should be directed to the clerk’s office, with the exception of voter registration matters (see the section immediately below). Contact information for the city clerk may be found at the bottom of this page.

Voter Registration

Although the city runs its own elections, the city does not maintain voter registration records. Please contact either the Randolph County Clerk (304-636-0543) or the West Virginia Secretary of State with questions about voter registration. For the 2023 election, voter registration closes May 23.

Election Day

On Election Day (June 13, 2023), polling places will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Persons in line at 7:30 p.m. will be allowed to cast votes.

City elections are organized by ward, not by the congressional districts used for county, state, and national elections. Your polling place for city elections may be different from that used during other elections (see list below). There is one polling place per ward. Click here for an online GIS app to determine what ward you live in. (You can either click on the map or enter an address.) If you need additional assistance determining what ward you live in, please contact the city clerk (contact information at bottom of page).

Polling places:

  • Ward 1: Church of God Family Worship Center (1402 Taylor Avenue)
  • Ward 2: Mountain State Forest Festival Building (101 Lough Street)
  • Ward 3: Elkins Inn and Suites, Randolph Room (1200 Harrison Avenue)
  • Ward 4: James F. Cain Courthouse Annex (4 Randolph Avenue)
  • Ward 5: Elkins City Hall (401 Davis Avenue)

Identification Requirements

Effective January 1, 2018, West Virginia voters must show an approved form of identification at the polls during early voting or on election day. All forms of ID must be valid and not expired. This law does not apply to absentee-by-mail voting and certain other circumstances. There are distinct identification requirements for first-time voters who did not present an ID at the time of registering. Please consult the WV Secretary of State’s Be Registered and Ready page to ensure you understand the identification requirements that apply to you.

Absentee Voting

For information from the West Virginia Secretary of State regarding absentee voting, click here. To download an absentee ballot application customized for Elkins elections (which are non-partisan), click here.

Your absentee ballot application must be completed by hand (not typed), signed, and returned to the Elkins city clerk either in person, via U.S. mail, or via email (scanned and attached). Absentee ballot applications will be accepted starting March 21 (although the city will not have ballots to send out until mid-April) and must be received by the Elkins city clerk no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7. (Contact information for the Elkins city clerk may be found at the bottom of this page.)

Absentee ballots will be accepted starting March 21. Below are all deadlines related to receipt of absentee ballots.

  • June 12: Final day for hand delivery of absentee ballots to the Office of the Elkins City Clerk (day before the election)
  • June 14: Absentee ballots that arrive by mail but are not postmarked may be accepted through June 14 (day after the election)
  • June 19: Absentee ballots postmarked on or before election day (June 13) may be accepted by mail until the hour of the start of the canvass (June 19)

Emergency Absentee Voting

Voters admitted to a hospital during the 7 days leading up to Election Day may vote an “emergency”
absentee ballot. Eligible voters must call the city clerk to have an application and ballot delivered to
them personally according to the County policy.

Download Emergency Absentee Ballot Application

Early Voting

Early in-person voting will be offered at City Hall, 401 Davis Avenue.

Dates: May 31-June 10


  • Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Sutton Stokes

Elkins City Clerk

401 Davis Avenue
Elkins, WV 26241
304.636.1414, ext. 1211 (office)

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