Check Your Ballot; Voter ID


This election has a paper ballot filled out by the DS200 machine: You touch your choices on a screen. When you finish, several screens show all your choices for you to check. Then it prints those names on a paper ballot which you take to the ballot box.


You know machines can misinterpret touches, if you’ve ever had trouble entering an address in a GPS, or typing a text. These are new DS200 machines, calibration may be off, or they may have other bugs. If the printed ballot does not reflect your choices, the precinct staff can set it aside to destroy without anyone seeing it (“spoiled ballots”), and give you another chance.

SAMPLE BALLOTS, CANDIDATE WEBSITES AND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS are at the JC Clerk website: Primary 2018. The SOS website has a complete Candidate Listing By Office.


There’s a false rumor that you can just sign an affidavit at the polling place if you forget to bring an ID. The only affidavit allowed is from someone who comes with you to the polling place, has ID, and has known you 6 months. You must have one of the following:

  • WV driver’s license or other WV ID card issued by the DMV
  • Driver’s license issued by another state
  • U.S. passport or passport card
  • Military ID card issued by the U.S.
  • U.S. or WV Government employee ID card
  • Student ID card
  • A concealed carry (pistol/revolver) permit
  • Voter registration card
  • Medicare card or Social Security card
  • Birth certificate
  • WV hunting or fishing license
  • WV SNAP ID card
  • WV TANF program ID card
  • WV Medicaid ID card
  • Bank or debit card
  • Utility bill or bank statement issued within six months of the date of the election
  • Health insurance card issued to the voter
  • Affidavit from someone who accompanies you, has ID, and has known you 6 months

Here are interesting reviews of the DS200 machines. Their manufacturer is connected to the internet, and delivers updates, even though Jefferson County never connects the machines to the internet.

by Paul Burke