Rejected by House 7-17-2010

Delegate Carmichael moved to amend the committee substitute on page five at line eight of section four-a, by striking the following language:
"A special primary election shall be held to nominate party candidates for the November election. If upon the closure of the filing deadline for filing a certificate of announcement for the special primary election there is only one certificate of announcement in a political party for nomination, the person filing the certificate shall be declared the nominee for the party. If only one person has filed a certificate of announcement in each political party, then no special primary shall be held pursuant to this section."
on page six at line five of section four-a, by striking subsection (d) in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof the following:
(d) The special election to fill this vacancy shall be conducted as an open general election with no nomination requirements. Any candidates may appear in the special election to fill the vacancy after filing a timely certificate of announcement with the Secretary of State and the payment of the required filing fee.
(1) Absentee ballots, other than military and overseas ballots, shall be mailed no later than fifteen days prior to the the general election; military and overseas ballots shall be mailed no later than thirty days prior to the the general election;
(3) A notarized declaration of candidacy and filing fee shall be filed and received in hand by the Secretary of State by 5:00 p.m. on the fourth business day following the proclamation of the special election. The declaration of candidacy may be filed in person, by United States mail, electronic means or any other means authorized by the Secretary of State;

(3) An open general election means that any certified candidate for a vacant United States Senate seat may seek election without a nominating process and the candidate receiving the most votes in that election shall be elected to fill that vacancy; provided that, if no candidate shall receive a majority of votes in the open general special election a runoff election shall take place sixty three days after that election which shall be between the two candidates receiving the largest shares of the vote in that open general special election.