As the candidate filing period for the 2016 election draws to a close, Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant is letting West Virginians know that the Secretary of State’s Office will have extended hours this weekend to accommodate candidates. All candidates must file their paperwork in person or have their paperwork postmarked by the United States Postal Service by midnight on Saturday, Jan. 30.
The Secretary of State’s Charleston Office will be open from 9 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, Jan. 30. The Fairmont Office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30. Both offices will be open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
“We are happy to open the Office on Saturday to support candidates filing through the very end of the filing period,” said Tennant. “In addition to meeting the needs of candidates at the end of this filing period, we also have extended hours on June 30 and Dec. 31 to help business owners meet their filing deadlines. This office is proud to go above and beyond to provide customer service and support the needs of our citizens.”
If filing on Saturday in Charleston, candidates should come through the West Wing Capitol entrance across from the West Virginia Culture Center. This entrance will be open on Saturday through midnight.
While County Clerk offices are not required to be open on Saturday, some have chosen to provide extended hours to accommodate filings. Candidates are encouraged to call their local Clerk’s Office in advance to inquire about their hours this week.
Greenbrier County Clerk Robin Loudermilk confirmed that the Greenbrier County Courthouse, where her office is located, will not extend hours. Paperwork must be postmarked by midnight on Saturday, Jan. 30, she said.