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West Virginia Election Officials Miss Deadline For Reminding Voters
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Elizabeth Noreika, Bethany Simmons
Reported: Sep. 17, 2012 3:28 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 18, 2012 12:36 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A missed deadline could spell legal trouble for the Secretary of State's Office in the upcoming election.
At issue is the proposed amendment to remove the term limit on county Sheriff's.
By law, the Secretary of State's Office has to publicize proposed amendments like this in every county three months before the election.
That deadline was missed by several weeks in many places.
Even though the information has been circulated in pamphlets for the past few months, the Secretary of State says her office makes no excuses.
The West Virginia Sheriff's Association issued a statement saying they are evaluating their legal options.
Despite the missed deadline, the proposed amendment will still appear on the ballot in November.
West Virginia election officials missed a deadline for reminding voters about a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot.
But Secretary of State Natalie Tennant doesn't believe that will prevent them from deciding whether to repeal term limits for county sheriffs.
The Legislature approved that question for the ballot during last year's session. But the West Virginia Constitution requires the printing of the amendment in newspapers across the state at least months before the general election.
The notice wasn't published until after that deadline. But Tennant's office cites four state Supreme Court cases it says that should keep the proposal on the ballot despite the late notice.
Tennant is running for re-election in November. Republican opponent Brian Savilla faults her for the missed deadline and predicts a lawsuit over it.
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