2021 Municipal Election

The 2021 municipal election for the city of Elkins will be held March 2, 2021.

On that date, a mayor will be elected for a two-year term and one council member from each of the city’s five wards will be elected for four-year terms. Elkins elections are non-partisan; there are no primaries for city offices.

The ballot will also include ballot questions, including one that would adopt the Manager-Mayor plan of government if approved. See what will appear on the 2021 ballot on this page.

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 2021 election, voter registration closes February 9.

Election Day
On Election Day (March 2, 2021), 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 a ward map. If you need additional assistance determining what ward you live in, please call the city clerk: (304) 636-1414, ext. 1211.

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: Randolph County James F. Cain  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 or by mail, fax, or email (scanned). Absentee ballot applications will be accepted starting December 8 and must be received by the Elkins city clerk no later than 4 p.m. on February 24, 2021. (Contact information for the Elkins city clerk may be found at the bottom of this page.)

Absentee ballots will be accepted starting January 15. Below are all deadlines related to receipt of absentee ballots.

  • March 1: Final day for hand delivery of absentee ballots to the Office of the Elkins City Clerk (day before the election)
  • March 3: Absentee ballots that arrive by mail but are not postmarked may be accepted through March 3 (day after the election)
  • March 8: Absentee ballots postmarked on or before election day (March 2) may be accepted by mail until the start of the canvass (March 8)

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

Dates: February 17- 27, 2021

Hours:

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

Elkins City Clerk Contact Information

Jessica R. Sutton
Elkins City Clerk
401 Davis Avenue
Elkins, WV 26241

(304) 636-1414, ext. 1211
jsutton@cityofelkinswv.com

 

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