Governor-Elect Law and Legal Definition

Governor-elect refers to a person who is the apparent successful candidate for the office of Governor, as ascertained by the Secretary of State following the general election. State official includes the Governor, Governor-elect, Lieutenant Governor, and Lieutenant Governor-elect. However, death, inability from mental or physical disease, resignation or absence from the state, cannot as well apply to a governor-elect as to a fully qualified governor. .

48 USCS § 1541 provides that in the event of a permanent disability of the Governor-elect, the office shall be declared vacant and the vacancy shall be filled by a special election to be held within sixty days of the declaration of the disability. Additionally, in the event of the permanent disability of the Lieutenant Governor-elect the office shall be declared vacant, and the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint a qualified person to fill the vacancy. In case of vacancies occur in the positions of both Governor-elect and Lieutenant Governor-elect, a special election shall be held within sixty days to fill both vacancies.