Virginia

Officers Subject to Recall:

  • Any county, city or town may recall an elected officer.

Key Steps in the Recall Process:

  • Recall may commence at any time.
  • Grounds for recall neglect of duty, misuse of office, or incompetence in the performance of duties when that neglect of duty, misuse of office, or incompetence in the performance of duties has a material adverse effect upon the conduct of the office, or upon conviction of a drug-related misdemeanor or a misdemeanor involving a "hate crime" (§24.2-233).
  • No restriction on time for gathering signatures.
  • Signature requirement can range from 125 to 50 depending on the size of the county, town or city.

Read the code at VA Code §24.2-684.1.

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News & Commentary

Recall Petitions Submitted for Virginia Mayor | 07/13/16

PORTSMOUTH -- Organizers of an effort to unseat Mayor Kenny Wright delivered nearly 8,200 signatures on July 12 to the Circuit Court clerk, hoping to trigger a recall election less than four months before the general election.

The effort, led by Norfolk businessman and Portsmouth resident Robert Marcus, has been 14 months in the making.

"The mayor has proven to me and a large number of citizens that he's ill-suited for the job he's been tasked with," he said.

Tidewater Tea Party Alliance Chairman Nelson Valez, who helped gather signatures, said Tuesday that Wright had caused two groups to suffer with higher taxes in Portsmouth : homeowners and businesses. And despite the highest tax rate in the region, services haven't improved, he said.

Wright, reached by text message, didn't say whether he'd legally challenge the signature collection.

"I love this city and all of its people!" he responded. "In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 'We shall overcome!' "

Marcus' effort needs the valid signatures of 30 percent of the number of people who voted in the last governor's election. That appears to be 7,786 signatures, based on 25,952 votes cast in the November 2013 election, although Marcus has said he thinks the number to reach is 7,776. He didn't provide the exact number he thinks he has.

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Each state has its own requirements as to the manner in which petitions must be collected, signed and filed. It is imperative that official recall committees are legally formed in each state according to the state laws and regulations. The handling of the petitions must comply with the laws and regulations of each state.