Online Voter Registration System Sees 56,128 Interactions and 30,111 New Voter Registration Applications in its First Year

Updated 5 years ago Edited from a Press Release
Charleston, W.Va. – Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant says West Virginians have made more than 56,000 submissions through the online voter registration (OVR) application system during its first year. This number includes 30,111 new voter registration applications, as well as name changes, party changes and address changes for already-registered West Virginians.

“Our online voter registration system is accessible, easy to use and secure, and after one year data has shown it to be popular with West Virginians,” Secretary Tennant said. “I’m pleased with the strides we’ve made in the last year and proud of the incredible accessibility it brings to participation in our democracy.”

There were more than 11,000 OVR submissions in September thanks to National Voter Registration Month outreach on social media. On September 23, when Facebook posted voter registration reminders, the West Virginia OVR system received 4,502 new voter registration applications, approximately 2,893 percent higher than the daily average. This follows a similar influx of submissions in April when more than 17,000 were made leading up to the May Primary Election.

Data from online voter registration’s first year in West Virginia shows that:

• New voter registration applications — In its first year, 53.6 percent of online submissions have been new voter registration applications. Data shows us that of those who interacted with the OVR system before the primary election, approximately half of them turned out to vote. About 68 percent of those who interacted with OVR and turned out to vote were new voters.

• County profile — Residents from all of West Virginia’s 55 counties have submitted information through the online system. The top five counties, in number of residents using the system to register to vote, are: Kanawha, Monongalia, Berkeley, Cabell and Wood.

• Day of the week — Monday has been the most popular day of the week for submissions.

• Time of day — The largest number of submissions have occurred between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily.

• Device used — 55 percent of submissions have been made through a desktop or laptop computer, and 45 percent have been made from a mobile device. Three submissions came through WiiU, three through PS4 and three from Xbox.

Submissions made through the OVR system go to county clerks for approval and processing. The last day to register to vote before the general election is October 18. Both the online voter registration system and a printable voter registration form may be accessed at

Eligible voters are still able to register to vote by paper by mailing it or taking it to their county clerk. They can download a paper voter registration form from the Secretary of State’s website or pick up an application from their local county clerk.

Early voting runs October 26 to November 5. Election day is Tuesday, November 8.

NOTE: These number reflect data as of midday on Friday, September 30. The numbers and percentages are constantly changing as new data comes in.