Thousands of voters in West Virginia will soon receive a postcard in the mail asking them if their address has changed and if they want to remain a registered voter. There are about 1.2 million registered voters in West Virginia, and county clerks will be mailing more than 335,000 notifications to voters who may have changed their address or who have been idle for two federal election cycles. “The Secretary of State’s Office takes our election process and our voter registration process very seriously, and we are committed to protecting the integrity of those processes and keeping our voter rolls clean,” Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant said. “We, along with the county clerks, are undertaking this state mandated process to ensure that our voter rolls are accurate. Most of the people receiving notifications will just have to fill out the notification and send it back.”
If a voter receives a notification, called a National Change of Address (NCOA) card, and does not fill it out and return it to their county clerk they will be placed on the list of “inactive” voters. These people are still registered to vote and may vote in 2014. Voters who remain inactive for two federal election cycles will have their registration cancelled as required by the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.