Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant announced this afternoon that all 55 counties in West Virginia have completed their canvass of the results of the 2012 primary election.
During a canvass the County Commissioners, acting as the Board of Canvassers, oversee the recounting by hand of the ballots cast at a randomly selected five percent of a county’s precincts. The Boards of Canvassers also carefully examine each provisional ballot cast in the county, making a legal decision on whether a provisional ballot should be counted.
After the canvass is complete, a county “declares” their election results. Counties started declaring their election results Monday morning. Declaring results starts a 48 hour time period in which a candidate can request a recount.
Recount requests for county and multi-county legislative offices are handled differently than statewide offices. For county offices, the 48 hour recount request period begins when that county declares its results. For multi-county legislative offices, the 48 hour recount request period begins when the last county in that district declares their results. For statewide offices, the 48 hour recount request period begins when the last county in the state declares their results.
Since the final county declared its results at 3:20PM on Thursday, the 48 hour recount window for a statewide race won’t close until 3:20PM on Monday, May 21. Saturdays and Sundays do not count toward the 48 hour time period.
The election results can be seen on the Secretary of State’s website here. The Secretary of State’s Office also provides election results from races that were uncontested in the primary.