Gloucester 40 asks for established rules for removal petitions

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on May 04, 2011 - 04:31 PM

Members of the Gloucester 40 were "well received" during a presentation to the Virginia State Board of Elections during its meeting Friday in Richmond, according to Arnold Nye, a member of the 40 who spoke on behalf of the group.

The purpose of the presentation was to encourage state officials to create rules and forms that can be used by Virginians wishing to petition for removal of elected officials.

Members of the Gloucester 40, a group of citizens that organized an effort in 2008 to remove four Gloucester County supervisors from office, had hoped that the SBE would adopt their proposal, publish it and distribute it to voter registrars in the commonwealth. "Alas, nothing in government is ever that simple," Nye said.

The removal effort initiated by members of the Gloucester 40 was unsuccessful for procedural technicalities, and the petitioners were ordered to pay $2,000 apiece in sanctions by a visiting circuit court judge.

Since Nye’s presentation on Friday, the secretary of the SBE sent a letter, along with Nye’s proposal to Steven Dalle Mura, director of legal research with the Supreme Court of Virginia, with a request from the SBE asking that Nye’s information be reviewed by the Circuit Court Forms Advisory Committee.

This committee, according to Susan Lee, SBE’s manager of election uniformity, is composed of circuit court judges and clerks. "They can determine merit, add more information, etc. if needed to the request," Lee said.