West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) on Friday called a special session of the state legislature for next week to tackle succession plans for the late-Sen. Robert Byrd's (D-W.Va.) seat. 

Manchin said the special session is set for Thursday July 15 at noon.  

"After receiving opinions from both our state’s Secretary of State and Attorney General, it is apparent that we must have clarity in the law or we risk judicial intervention, which would cost much more than a special session and could delay West Virginians from having representation," Manchin said in a statement. 

"The most precious thing that our citizens have is their vote--and the last thing that I want is for a citizen to go to the polls to cast a vote, only to realize that his or her vote did not count because a judge had declared the election process invalid," he continued.

In an interview on MSNBC's "Daily Rundown" earlier Friday Manchin said he expects the legislature to back a November special election for the Byrd seat. 

He also said it was "highly likely" that he would be on the ballot for that race should it occur.