W. Virginia special election draft legislation released

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July 14, 2010

By Kyle Maichle

CHARLESTON, West Virginia: Governor Joe Manchin released his draft version of a bill involving changes to West Virginia's special election law on July 13, 2010.

The new legislation requires special elections in the event if a statewide office including U.S. Senate has more than one year left in the unexpired term[1]. Also, the legislation grants more flexibility to the Secretary of State in scheduling the date of the special election along with setting deadlines for candidate declaration and campaign finance reporting. The state would be required to pay for all costs incurred from running special elections[2].

If Legislators approve the bill, a special election to fill Robert Byrd's vacant U.S. Senate seat would be scheduled for November of 2010. In addition, a statewide primary in conjunction with the special election could be held in August or September of 2010[2].

The Legislature will convene for special session on July 15, 2010 at 12:00 PM-EDT[2].

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