Chapt. 43. - An Act authorizing the Governor to postpone the May Elections for the year 1863.
Passed January 30, 1863.
1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, That if the convention and people of the proposed state of West Virginia shall ratify the change in their constitution proposed by congress, then the governor of this commonwealth shall issue his proclamation, suspending and postponing, until the fourth Thursday of October, within the boundaries of the said proposed state, the elections appointed by law to be held on the fourth Thursday of May next; and if the said proposed state, shall within the said period, become one of the United States, such suspension and postponement shall become perpetual.
2. This act shall be in force from its passage.
Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: January 1863