Charleston, W.Va. – Candidates wishing to run for office in 2012 may file their official paperwork with the Secretary of State’s Office beginning January 9, and citizens around the state and world will be able to watch the filing live online.
The Secretary of State’s Office will provide a free live video stream every day of the filing period, including up to the midnight deadline on January 28. To watch the live streaming video, citizens may click on the link that will appear at the top of the Secretary of State’s website at www.wvsos.com.
“This is open and engaging government at its best,” Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant said. “Citizens will be able to see who has filed to run for office, and get an unfiltered view of how it works. It’s going to be an exciting filing period and I hope people around the state take advantage of this unique opportunity to see what few people have ever seen: the first step of a candidate’s official campaign.”
Every constitutional office in West Virginia is on the ballot: Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Auditor, Attorney General, and Commissioner of Agriculture. Every seat in the House of Delegates is up for election, as is half of the State Senate. Two seats on the State Supreme Court as well as county and local officials are on the ballot in 2012.
Federal offices are also on the ballot. There will be races for President of the United States, United States Senate, and United States House of Representatives.
“The voters of West Virginia have been asked to go to the polls five times in 17 months, and there are two more statewide elections this year. It is my hope that allowing citizens to see the excitement with which candidates file their paperwork here in the Secretary of State’s Office will also inspire them to cast their ballot in the primary and again in the general election,” Secretary Tennant said.
More than 600 filings are expected to be received by the Secretary of State’s Office. Candidates may file their paperwork and pay the filing fee up until midnight on Saturday, January 28, 2012.