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 Petition Filed Challenging Commissioner of Agriculture Candidate's Eligibility

2/28/2012

    February 24, 2012:

    Charleston, W.Va. - A petition filed Friday in the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals asks the court to direct the Secretary of State to withdraw the certification of Agriculture Commissioner candidate Walt Helmick. The petition also asks the court to direct ballot commissioners to remove Helmick's name from official ballots and to also direct all election officials "from tallying, tabulating, certifying, or returning any vote cast, absentee, write-in, or otherwise, for Respondent Helmick."

   To read the petition filed with the state supreme court, click here.

    Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant said Friday she is neutral on the suit.

    "This is a very similar status as the suit filed last week by State Senator Donna Boley," Secretary Tennant said. "I would only like to point out that ballots are to be sent to overseas voters and other absentee voters beginning March 23, and the process of designing, proofing, programming, and printing will take a minimum of three weeks. This means a decision as to whether the candidate should be taken off the ballot needs to be made by March 2, if at all possible."

*UPDATE*

    February 28, 2012:

    The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, on February 27, announced its refusal to hear this case.

    The petition was refiled in Kanawha County Circuit Court on Tuesday, February 27.

    To read the petition filed in Kanawha County, click here.

Contact:

Jake Glance
(304) 558-6000
jglance@wvsos.com