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 Special Gubernatorial Election Calendar Set; Candidate Filing Period Now Open


    Charleston, W.Va. – The filing period is now open for candidates wishing to run in the special gubernatorial election. 

    Candidates can file with Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant’s office from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM through February 12, 2011. 

    The filing and fee must be received by 5:00 PM on February 12. 

    A random drawing for ballot position, which will be the same on ballots across the state, will take place at 5:00 PM Sunday, February 13 in the Secretary of State’s Office. 

    The ballot position drawing will be webcast live on the Secretary of State’s website

    Last month, the state Supreme Court ruled that an elected governor must be sworn in by noon on November 15, 2011. That is a year to the day after Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin took the oath as Acting Governor. 

    The state legislature passed a law last week that settled on May 14 as the date of the primary election and October 4 as the date of the general election. Secretary Tennant’s office reported at least 90 days were required by existing law to plan and administer the election. 

    During debates in committee meetings, Tennant said her office and county clerks around the state administered the special election to replace Senator Byrd in just 46 days. But Tennant said there were almost two dozen modifications made to state code during that election. 

    On the Secretary of State’s website, voters and candidates can see an election calendar that lists dozens of important dates. 

    The deadlines for campaign finance reports, dates for poll worker training and early voting, and time frames for county clerks to publish sample ballots can all be seen. There are also dates set for canvassing and deadlines for results to be sent to the Secretary of State’s Office. 

    Also on the Secretary of State’s website, voters can see who has filed to run for governor in 2011, read the proclamation calling for a special gubernatorial election, and also read the decision issued by the West Virginia Supreme Court of appeals. 

    Candidates will find the filing form and potential write-in candidates will find the Certificate of Announcement. All of the forms can be quickly and easily downloaded and printed. 

    As more information about the special gubernatorial election becomes available, the website will be updated with the most up to the minute information.

    You can read the proclamation issued and signed February 7 at the Capitol by clicking here.


Jake Glance
(304) 558-6000