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Democratic Party of Virginia Calls On Richmond Registrar To Either Resign Or Be “Removed For Cause” By the Electoral Board

Among other problems, "vote counts have changed with little to no explanation" in Richmond Council seats 2 and 8


See below for two letters – one from Democratic Party of Virginia Chair Susan Swecker and from Jamie Nolan, Richmond City Democratic Committee Chair; the other from DPVA’s attorneys at PerkinsCoie – sent out this morning, calling on the Richmond City Registrar (Ms. J. Kirk Showalter) to either resign or be removed by the electoral board. Reasons cited include:

  • “Failing to comply and giving false information in response to Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests from the Democratic Party of Virginia.”
  • “The admission on Friday, October 30th that the General Registrar was not contacting voters within three days of noticing a material omission on their absentee ballot envelope, a violation of Virginia law.”
  • The Registrar’s “mishandling of what has become the largest COVID-19 outbreak within City government to date.”
  • “The post-election activities in council seats 2 and 8, where vote counts have changed with little to no explanation, further eroding public trust in a tense election cycle.”
  • “Ongoing FOIA violations in regards to posting and making available information about board meeting times and location, agendas, minutes, and more.”


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