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Copyright www.flags.net/UNST.htm West Virginia
Governor:1(Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms)
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 2)
2000 Census:1,813,077 (0.64% of 281,998,273)
2004, 2008 Electors:5(0.93% of 538)
2002-2010 Representatives:3(0.69% of 435)
2010 Census:1,859,815 (0.60% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electors:5(0.93% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:3(0.69% of 435)
Capital:Charleston
 

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Official Name/Status   All States
 The STATE of West Virginia
 Status: STATE of the Union
 previously, the northwestern portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia that had- unlike the rest of that State- remained loyal to the Union during the Civil War
 Admitted to the Union as a State: 20 June 1863 through Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln on 20 April 1863 (13 Stat. 731) that the conditions set forth in the Enabling Act had been satisfactorily met
  The 35th state.

Traditional Sections and Regions   All States
 Section: SOUTH
 Region: Upper ["Border"] South
 Survey: Metes & Bounds

Constitutions   All States     Links to State Constitutions
 Enabling Act (of the Congress of the United States): 31 December 1862 [12 Stat. 633: recognizing a State government already formed with Admission pending the meeting of specific conditions set by this Enabling Act [NOTE: prior to its first State Constitutional Convention first meeting in November 1861, an earlier State Convention (on 20 August 1861) had adopted an ordinance of secession from Virginia under the name of the 'State of KANAWHA' (this ordinance was later ratified by the People- on 24 October 1861- by a vote of 18,408 to 781); the 1st Constitution, however, formally adopted the name 'State of WEST VIRGINIA']]
 
1st (1863-1872) [Adopted: 18 February 1862 Convention convened, 26 November 1861, Ratified: 3 April 1862 ratified by vote of 28,321 to 572; effective upon Admission, 20 June 1863]
2nd (1872-) [Adopted: 9 April 1872 Convention convened, 16 January 1872, Ratified: 22 August 1872]


Executive Branch   All States
 
Chief Executive
  GOVERNOR
Successor to a Vacancy
  President of the State Senate
 
 
Major Executive Officers Elected Statewide   All States   2017 Office holders
  Governor: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
  Secretary of State: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020
  Attorney General: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020
  Treasurer: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020
  Auditor: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020
  Commissioner of Agriculture: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020

Legislative Branch   All States
 
Legislature
  LEGISLATURE
 
Upper House
  Senate
Lower House
  House of Delegates

Judicial Branch   All States
 
Court of Last Resort
  Supreme Court of Appeals
 


Local Government
 
   
PRIMARY CIVIL DIVISION  All States
  County [Type: Strong, Executive and Legislative: BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS]
 MINOR CIVIL DIVISION  All States
   district [Type: None, Executive and Legislative: no associated governmental structure]
 
Incorporated Municipalities  All States
   

Statutory Election Information   All States
 
General Election   All States
  Tuesday next after the 1st Monday in November
[WV Constitution: Article IV, Section 7]
Presidential Primary   All States
  at the same time as the State Primary [2d Tuesday in May of even-numbered years (WV Code 3-5-1)] in Presidential Election years
[WV Code 3-5-3]
State Primary   All States
  2d Tuesday in May of even-numbered years
[WV Code 3-5-1]
Polling times   All States
  Polls shall be opened in each precinct on the day of such election at six-thirty o'clock in the forenoon and be closed at seven-thirty o'clock in the evening. [West Virginia Code 3-1-31. Days and hours of elections.]


Links  Links to other web sites
 
Constitution    All States
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Election Authority
  West Virginia Secretary of State
Legislature    All States
  West Virginia Legislature
Democratic
  West Virginia Democratic Party
Republican
  West Virginia Republican Party
Third Party
  Constitution Party of West Virginia
  Justice Party of West Virginia
  Libertarian Party of West Virginia
  The Unity Party of West Virginia
  West Virginia Mountain Party
  West Virginians for Life
Media & others
  Bluefield Daily Telegraph
  Braxton Citizens' News - Sutton
  Charleston Daily Mail
  Charleston Gazette-Mail
  Charleston Newspapers
  Hampshire Review - Romney
  Keyser Mineral Daily News-Tribune
  Mountain Messenger - Lewisburg
  Politics1.com - West Virginia
  The Dominion Post - Morgantown
  The Herald-Dispatch - Huntington
  The Inter-Mountain - Elkins
  The Lincoln Journal - Hamlin
  The Morgan Messenger - Berkeley Springs
  The Parkersburg News & Sentinel
  The Register Herald - Beckley
  The State Journal - Charleston
  The Times - Fairmont
  The Wayne County News
  The Weston Democrat
  WBOY TV - NBC - Clarksburg, Fairmont, Morgantown
  WDTV TV - CBS - Bridgeport
  West Virginia Blue
  West Virginia Metro News - Charleston
  Wheeling News-Register & Intelligencer
  WSAZ TV - NBC - Charleston, Huntington
 
 


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