Charleston, W.Va. – All 55 counties in West Virginia have completed their canvasses of the 2010 General Election, meaning candidates now have the option to ask for a recount.
Candidates have 48 hours to request a recount from the time the final county in their district completes their canvass.
If the 48 hour time period for any race expires on Veteran’s Day, those candidates will have until Friday, November 12 to request a recount.
For the canvass, Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant’s office sent representatives from the Elections Division and members of the Outreach staff to locations across West Virginia. Tennant’s representatives answered questions and aided in canvassing.
Tennant said she wanted counties to have their canvasses completed by Tuesday so the state could certify the election Friday – meaning Senator-elect Joe Manchin could be sworn in as early as November 15 to gain seniority in the US Senate. Delaware has already certified and will be swearing in its new senator then. If Manchin is sworn in at the same time, he would have more seniority.
“During this canvassing process county commissioners, county clerks, and the Secretary of State’s Office worked hand in hand to speed up the process while still following the law,” Secretary Tennant said. “The ball is now in the hands of the county commissioners. After this 48 hour recount request period for candidates, county commissioners need to be at their county courthouse on Friday after 3:00 to certify this election so we can send the paperwork to the US Senate.”
The County Commissioners in West Virginia serve as Boards of Canvassers. During canvass, provisional ballots are reviewed and a percentage of the precincts in each county are recounted to ensure accuracy.
During the 2010 General Election, about 44 percent of West Virginians cast a ballot – the highest turnout for a midterm election since 1994. The Secretary of State’s Office also reported about 108,000 people cast a ballot during the 15-day early voting period – that is the most ever for a midterm election since Early Voting began in 2002.
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- US House of Representatives, District 1: Final canvass concluded at 2:52 PM on Tuesday, November 9, 2010. Recount request period ends Friday, November 12, 2010 at 2:52 PM.
- US House of Representatives, District 2: Final canvass concluded at 1:45 PM on Tuesday, November 9, 2010. Recount request period ends Friday, November 12, 2010 at 1:45 PM.
- US House of Representatives, District 3: Final canvass concluded at 12:05 PM on Tuesday, November 9, 2010. Recount request period ends Friday, November 12, 2010 at 12:05 PM.
Statewide races can be certified at 2:52 PM on Friday, November 12, 2010.