Sunday, March 19, 2006

On the difficulty of removing the governing board members of local governments in Virginia

The Roanoke paper has this article which describes the difficulty the citizens of Appalachia face in trying to remove town council members implicated in the recent criminal charges brought in Wise County.

The article notes: "Under Virginia law, a petition to remove an elected official must be signed by a number of registered voters equal to at least 10 percent of the votes cast in the election. It would take just 59 signatures to meet that requirement in Appalachia."

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