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Chapter 3  |  Article 3 - 11  |  Section 2
WVC 3- CHAPTER 3. ELECTIONS.
WVC 3 - 11 - ARTICLE 11. AMENDMENTS TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION.

WVC 3 - 11 - 1 §3-11-1. Proposing amendments to state constitution; withdrawal of proposed amendments.
Any amendment to the constitution of the state may be proposed in either house of the Legislature by a joint resolution.

When an amendment as proposed is agreed to as provided by section two, article fourteen of the constitution, the question of ratification or rejection of such amendment shall be submitted to the voters of the state.

The Legislature may, by concurrent resolution adopted by a two-thirds vote of the members elected to each house, withdraw from consideration the question of ratification or rejection by the voters of such amendment in any session prior to the election at which it is to be submitted to the voters.

WVC 3 - 11 - 2 §3-11-2. Title and summary of amendment; position on ballot; designation of election for submission of amendment.
In any joint resolution proposing an amendment to the West Virginia constitution, for ratification or rejection by the voters, the Legislature shall for convenience of reference thereto, assign a title to such proposed amendment and shall set forth a summary of the purpose of such proposed amendment. If the Legislature shall fail in any such resolution to include a title and summary, or either, the secretary of state shall supply such omission or omissions, and certify the same to the ballot commissioners of each county. Whether set forth in such resolution or certified by the secretary of state, it shall be the duty of the ballot commissioners in each county to place upon the official ballot at the election at which such proposed amendment is to be voted upon, or upon the ballot label in counties where voting machines are used, the title and summary of such proposed constitutional amendment.

The Legislature may, in the joint resolution, give a proposed amendment a number. If this is done, and if there is more than one amendment submitted at the same election, the position of such amendment on the ballot shall be in accordance with the number so designated. When numbers are not so designated by the Legislature, the secretary of state, in certifying the election ballot, shall number the amendments consecutively in accordance with the dates of their final submission by the Legislature.

The Legislature shall, in the joint resolution, designate the election at which the proposed constitutional amendment shall be submitted to the voters.

WVC 3 - 11 - 3 §3-11-3. Publication of proposed amendment by secretary of state.
The secretary of state shall cause each proposed amendment, with its title and summary of purpose, to be published as a Class I legal advertisement at least three months before such election in some newspaper in every county in the state in which a newspaper is printed. The cost of such publication, determined in accordance with the provisions of section three, article three, chapter fifty-nine of this code, shall be paid out of funds appropriated to the office of secretary of state.

WVC 3 - 11 - 4 §3-11-4. Form of ballot; conduct of election.
For the purpose of enabling the voters of the state to vote on the question of proposed amendments to the constitution at the election at which they are to be submitted, the board of ballot commissioners of each county shall place upon, and at the foot of, the official ballot to be voted at that election, under the heading "Ballot on Constitutional Amendments," as to each proposed amendment, the following:

No. ....................................................

(title of amendment)

.............................................................

.............................................................

(summary of purpose)

[ ] For

[ ] Against

The election on each proposed amendment at each place of voting shall be superintended, conducted and returned, and the result thereof ascertained by the same officers and in the same manner as the election of officers to be voted for at said election, and all the provisions of the law relating to general elections, including all duties to be performed by any officer or board, as far as practicable, and not inconsistent with anything herein contained, shall apply to an election held under the provisions of this article. The ballots cast on the question of any proposed amendment shall be counted as other ballots cast at said election.

WVC 3 - 11 - 5 §3-11-5. Certificates of election commissioners; canvass of vote; certifying result.
As soon as the result is ascertained as to an amendment to the constitution, the commissioners, or a majority of them, and the canvassers (if there be any), or a majority of them, at each place of voting, shall make out and sign two certificates thereof as to each separate amendment, which certificates shall be in the following form or to the following effect:

"We, the undersigned, who acted as commissioners (or canvassers, as the case may be), of the election held at Precinct No................., in the district of .................., in the county of ............, on the ....... day of ................, one thousand nine hundred ......................, upon the question of ratification or rejection of the proposed constitutional amendment, do hereby certify that the result of said election was as follows:

"Amendment No. .....................................

(title of amendment)

"For ratification ................ votes.

"Against ratification ............ votes.

"Given under our hands this ........ day of ................, one thousand nine hundred ....................."

The said two certificates shall correspond with each other in all respects and contain the full and true returns in said election at each place of voting on said question. The said commissioners, or any one of them (or said canvassers, or any one of them, as the case may be), shall, within four days, excluding Sunday, after that on which said election was held, deliver one of said certificates to the clerk of the county court of his county, together with the ballots, and the other to the clerk of the circuit court of the county.

The said certificates, together with the ballots cast on the question of said proposed amendment, shall be laid before the commissioners of the county court within such time as will enable the commissioners of the county court to convene as a board of canvassers on the fifth day (Sundays excepted) after such election for the purpose of ascertaining the result of said election. As soon as the result of said election in the county upon the question of such ratification or rejection is ascertained, two certificates of such result shall be made out and signed by said commissioners as a board of canvassers, in the following form or to the following effect:

"We, the board of canvassers of the county of ..............., having carefully and impartially examined the returns of the election held in said county, in each district thereof, on the .......... day of ....................., one thousand nine hundred .............., do certify that the result of the election in said county, on the question of the ratification or rejection of the proposed amendment is as follows:

"Amendment No.......................................

(title of amendment)

"For ratification ................ votes.

"Against ratification ............ votes.

"Given under our hands this .......... day of .............., one thousand nine hundred ...................."

Separate certificates shall be made as to each constitutional amendment.

One of the certificates shall be filed in the office of the clerk of the county court and the other forwarded by registered mail to the secretary of state, who shall file and preserve the same until the day on which the result of said election in the state is to be ascertained, as provided in section six of this article.

WVC 3 - 11 - 6 §3-11-6. Proclamation of result of election by secretary of state; effective date of amendment ratified.
On the twenty-fifth day after the election is held, or as soon thereafter as practicable, the secretary of state shall ascertain from said certificates the result of the election in the state, and declare the same by proclamation published as a Class I-0 legal advertisement in two newspapers printed at the seat of government. The cost of such publication, determined in accordance with the provisions of section three, article three, chapter fifty-nine of this code, shall be paid out of funds appropriated to the office of secretary of state. If a majority of the votes cast at said election upon said question be for ratification of an amendment, the amendment so ratified shall be in force and effect from the date of such ratification, as part of the constitution of the state.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
The WV Code Online is an unofficial copy of the annotated WV Code, provided as a convenience. It has NOT been edited for publication, and is not in any way official or authoritative.


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