Monday, February 11, 2013

Virginia: Albermarle County Executive misdemeanor plea leads to calls for ouster, discussion of rarely used recall trial law

Virginia's rules for ousting elected officials are now being discussed, as there are discussion about removing Albemarle County Supervisor Christopher J. Dumler after he pled guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery.

Apparently, Dumler was so dismissive, that he said: "I am thinking of signing the petition myself."

Virginia does not have a recall, but a petition-trial. It has a rule that voters can gather signatures on a petition, and the judge can then remove for misusing the office or for a conviction for a hate or drug crime. There is another provision for a mandatory ouster, but it still wouldn't hit Dumler.

Petitioners need 372 signatures (10% of turnout).

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