Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant said today the Secretary of State's Office will follow the law that was passed by the Legislature and deemed constitutional by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.
That's in response to the Supreme Court decision released today on several lawsuits that challenged both the State Senate and House of Delegates redistricting plans. The Court heard oral arguments last Thursday and issued its denial today.
“I am happy that the Supreme Court issued a ruling so quickly. We had asked for a decision by December 1, because election officials are facing some very pressing deadlines. This decision removes any uncertainty election officials may have had regarding redistricting. County clerks will have to notify voters of any changes that affect them, and by law that must be done in a matter of weeks.
“This case clearly illustrates how our three branches of government work: The legislative branch crafts and passes the laws, the executive branch puts those laws into place, and if a citizen wants to challenge any law they can petition the judicial branch.”
The complete decision by the State Supreme Court can be seen here.