Charleston, W.Va. – Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant today signed a proclamation from Acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin that sets the date for the gubernatorial general election for October 4, 2011.
The Secretary of State must sign a proclamation from the Governor in order for the proclamation to become official. Current law requires political parties to hold a nominating convention to select nominees.
However, legislation currently pending would allow for a primary election.
Under the convention process, the Secretary of State’s Office will have to receive the names of the party’s nominees and the filing fee no later than July 26.
Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant signs the
proclamation declaring a special gubernatorial
election on October 4, 2011.
Independent candidates who want to appear on the ballot by collecting signatures must submit those signatures and the filing fee to the Secretary of State no later than August 1. 7,060 signatures from registered voters in West Virginia are required.
Secretary Tennant said her office worked closely with Tomblin’s office to examine election timelines and ensure that the date that was chosen would comply with the order issued recently by the West Virginia Supreme Court.
The Court ruled last week that, according to the state constitution, an election for governor must be held in 2011.
“The Secretary of State’s Office right now is setting the calendar for the general election, making sure we meet all the deadlines,” Secretary Tennant said. “We are going to make sure that this election is accessible to everyone who is registered to vote, especially the military and overseas citizens.”
The proclamation issued by Acting Governor Tomblin and signed by Secretary Tennant can be viewed here.