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    Senator Palumbo moved to amend the bill by striking out the title and substituting therefor a new title, to read as follows:

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2853--A Bill to amend and reenact §3-10-2 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to filling a vacancy in the office of Governor; revising contingencies creating a vacancy in the office of Governor to comport with the West Virginia Constitution; providing for election of Governor if vacancy occurs within first threes years of term; providing one time new special elections to fill an existing vacancy in the office of Governor; providing requirements for special elections; providing that provisions relating to special general election do not affect political party creation; prescribing time frames for when new election must take place; providing for the person acting as Governor to issue proclamations relating to new elections; requiring the state to pay costs incurred in connection with any special elections; requiring the person acting as Governor to issue a proclamation setting a special primary election; requiring the proclamations issued by the person acting as Governor to be published; providing that the provisions of the law relating to elections shall apply to the special general election and special primary election unless inconsistent; modifying certain statutory time periods relating to declaration of candidacy; modifying procedures relating to payment of filing fees and drawing of ballot positions; clarifying the eligibility of certain minors to vote in special primary election; modifying statutory provisions relating to minimum number of ballots to be printed; providing that polling places shall not be changed except for certain situations; providing that constitutionally required redistricting to have no effect until after new special election in 2011 is complete; modifying procedures for persons without party affiliations to nominate candidates; authorizing the Secretary of State to issue administrative orders and to establish procedures and deadlines; providing the provisions applying to the new special elections expire; authorizing Saturday early voting in the special primary election; and requiring Secretary of State to report to Joint Committee on Government and Finance.