Skip to comments.West Va. Secretary of State Pushes for Senate Special Election Change
Posted on 07/03/2010 12:54:42 PM PDT by Qbert
West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant (D) is calling on Gov. Joe Manchin (D) and the state Legislature to decide in a special session whether West Virginia law allows for the special election to succeed the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D) to take place earlier than November 2012.
Tennant announced in a video message that while she personally supports holding a special election earlier than 2012, no election can take place before then unless the state Legislature or the Supreme Court acts.
"I personally would support any attempt by the Legislature to change the current law," Tennant said. "If the state legislature considers changing the law, my staff and I will work with the lawmakers to develop a law that works for West Virginia."
Manchin has said that he will appoint a successor to Byrd, who passed away early Monday morning, as early as this week. But in the days since Byrd's passing, some in the state Legislature have called for a special election to take place this November instead of in 2012. Manchin would still appoint a replacement but it would be for a far shorter term.
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I can’t imagine that Manchin will go along with a special election when he can have the sole say on who sits in Byrd’s seat for the next 2 1/2 years.
Any chance a republican could win a state-wide election?
From what I’ve read, WVa law in the instance in quite clear already.
Yes. A far better chance than in MA. Byrd’s seat was Republican before he won it in 1958.
By Matthew Vadum on 12.4.09 @ 6:08AM
History's most notorious Georgian-turned-Russian, the politically astute Joseph Stalin once remarked, "The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."
The lesson has not been lost on the increasingly notorious Hungarian-cum-American George Soros.
A group backed by Soros is gearing up to steal the 2012 election for President Obama and congressional Democrats by installing left-wing Democrats as secretaries of state across the nation. From such posts, secretaries of state can help tilt the electoral playing field.
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The only reason there is a Sen. Al Franken is because the Dem MN SOS allowed him to get away with murder in stealing the election. And had the 2008 presidential election been closer, I’m sure many more instances of blatant vote fraud would have come to light and been challenged.
People really need to support their conservative SOS candidates, and be aware of how crucial this position is.
I have been saying for some time that Manchin’s best shot at election is this year. Who can say what the political terrain will look like in 2012? And how does Manchin find an appointed Senator who will not want to keep the job once ensconced? Manchin is a very popular governor and could run on keeping the memory and legacy of Byrd alive. All that could be gone in 2012.
So, his Democrat Secretary of State comes out and says that she would welcome a change in state law to permit an earlier election? Hmmm? I smell a rat. Could be the Freepers may have to start demanding that they wait until 2012.
The law says that candidates for the special election are to be chosen in the next scheduled primary election (the 2010 one already happened in May) and are voted on in the next general election, which I would have thought would be November 2011, rather than 2012.
Primaries are held every other year, so the next is May, 2012. I think that the governor is starting to get antsy about waiting that long, but doesn't want to look like he is pushing for it.
They need to change the law? The law very clearly states that they MUST hold an election. What better way to defuse the anger that the SOS is blatantly violating the law by rejecting an election than to have the Washington Pravda report that she is open to having the legislature pass a law to do what the law already says must be done.