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Dumler Case to go to Trial Before Petition Signatures Verified

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Albemarle County's voter registrar says his office will not verify the signatures on a petition to oust Albemarle County Supervisor Chris Dumler at this point. 

Earl Smith, a Scottsville resident, organized the petition following Dumler's misdemeanor sexual battery conviction in January. He needed to collect 372 signatures, which is 10 percent of the number of voters in the election for Dumler's seat. He finished with 584 signatures. Per the Virginia Board of Election policy, the signatures will eventually have to be verified by the voter registrar.  

Jake Washburne, Albemarle's voter registrar, says the circuit court judge wants to have a hearing before troubling his office. The hearing is set for April 2.

Washburne says if the case moves from there, his office will have to verify 372 signatures.

Petitioners say Dumler is ineffective following his conviction.  Despite controversy, Dumler refuses to step down from his position and is in the process of serving his 30-day jail sentence on the weekends.

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