Tennant: Secretary of State's Office Is Ready For Special Session
Charleston, W.Va. – Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant said today her office has already moved forward in preparing for the Special Legislative Session called by Governor Joe Manchin for July 15.
The Special Session will focus on the succession process for filling the vacancy in the United States Senate following the death of Senator Robert C. Byrd. The longest serving member of Congress died June 28 at the age of 92.
Tennant and her staff have called and met with legislative leaders, the governor’s staff, and asked for assistance from the Attorney General.
“We have been evaluating the legal requirements and timelines for various election scenarios and have been working with county clerks to ensure we can all administer a timely and fair election process once the Legislature has clarified the process,” Tennant said.
“I look forward to working with all entities involved to help clarify the code to make it possible for the voters of West Virginia to elect the person who would fill Senator Byrd’s position,” Tennant added.
The Special Session begins at noon on Thursday.