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West Virginia elections, 2012

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Contents
1 2012 Elections
2 Eligibility to Vote
2.1 Primary election
2.2 General election
3 Voting absentee
3.1 Eligibility
3.2 Deadlines
3.3 Military and overseas voting
4 Voting early
5 See also
6 References

The state of West Virginia held elections in 2012. Below are the dates of note:

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November 6, 2012
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2012 Elections

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Elections by type

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See also: United States Senate elections in West Virginia, 2012
U.S. Senate, West Virginia General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Manchin III Incumbent 60.5% 391,669
     Republican John R. Raese 36.5% 236,620
     Mountain Bob Henry Baber 3% 19,232
Total Votes 647,521
Source: West Virginia Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in West Virginia, 2012

In 2012, West Virginia received an additional seat from redistricting.

Members of the U.S. House from West Virginia -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 1 1
     Republican Party 2 2
Total 3 3
District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Sue Thorn
Republican Party David McKinley
David McKinley Republican Party David McKinley No
2nd Democratic Party Howard Swint
Republican Party Shelley Moore Capito
Shelley Moore Capito Republican Party Shelley Moore Capito No
3rd Democratic Party Nick Rahall
Republican Party Rick Snuffer
Nick Rahall Democratic Party Nick Rahall No

See also: West Virginia state executive official elections, 2012

There were a total of six state executive positions up for election.

Governor of West Virginia General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEarl Ray Tomblin Incumbent 50.4% 284,758
     Republican Bill Maloney 45.7% 258,376
     Mountain Jesse Johnson 2.6% 14,614
     Libertarian David Moran 1.4% 7,653
Total Votes 565,401
Election Results via West Virginia Secretary of State Election Results Center.


West Virginia Secretary of State General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNatalie Tennant Incumbent 62.4% 339,235
     Republican Brian Savilla 37.6% 204,440
Total Votes 543,675
Election Results West Virginia Secretary of State Election Results Center.


Attorney General of West Virginia General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Darrell McGraw Incumbent 48.8% 267,135
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPatrick Morrisey 51.2% 280,695
Total Votes 547,830
Election Results West Virginia Secretary of State Election Results Center.


West Virginia Treasurer General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Perdue Incumbent 55.3% 295,996
     Republican Mike Hall 44.7% 238,850
Total Votes 534,846
Election Results West Virginia Secretary of State Election Results Center.


West Virginia State Auditor General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGlen Gainer Incumbent 57.5% 303,240
     Republican Larry Faircloth 42.5% 224,517
Total Votes 527,757
Election Results West Virginia Secretary of State Election Results Center.


West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWalt Helmick 51.5% 268,879
     Republican Kent Leonhardt 48.5% 252,783
Total Votes 521,662
Election Results West Virginia Secretary of State Election Results Center.


See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Democrats maintained partisan control in the state senate.

West Virginia State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 28 24
     Republican Party 6 10
Total 34 34


See also: West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Democrats maintained partisan control in the state house.

West Virginia House of Delegates
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 65 54
     Republican Party 35 46
Total 100 100

See also: West Virginia 2012 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Admin of gov't Would end term limits for county sheriffs Defeatedd

Eligibility to Vote

West Virginia

Primary election

See also: Voting in the 2012 primary elections

At the time of the 2012 elections, West Virginia used a mostly closed primary system, although unaffiliated voters and members of minor parties could vote in Republican or Democratic primaries. Voters had to register to vote in the primary by April 17, 2012, which was 21 days before the primary took place.[1] (Information about registering to vote)

General election

See also: Voting in the 2012 general elections

The deadline to register to vote was 21 days prior to the election day, which in 2012 was October 16.[2]

Voting absentee

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See also: Absentee Voting

Eligibility

You are eligible to vote absentee in an election if you cannot make it to the polls on election day for one of the following reasons:[3]

  • You will be working or traveling all 13 days prior to Election Day
  • Your hours of employment make voting impossible
  • You live another place during part of the year
  • You have been given a job assignment which requires you to live outside of your county or West Virginia
  • You have health problems or a physical disability
  • Your polling place inaccessible to you
  • You have been hospitalized because of an emergency and will be in the hospital or care facility seven days leading up to and including Election Day
  • You are in the military or overseas
  • You attend school away from home
  • You are under incarceration or detention in jail or in home (not for any felony, or treason, or bribery in an election)

Deadlines

To vote absentee a request must be received by the county clerk no later than the sixth day prior to the election. The ballot must then be postmarked no later than election day and received by the canvass day (the Friday after a primary and the Monday after a general election).[3]

Military and overseas voting

For full details, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

West Virginia is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins 13 days before an election and ends three days prior to election day.[4] The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.

See also

References