Less than two weeks before Virginia’s midterm primaries, the electoral board in the state’s most populous jurisdiction has fired its general registrar. The Fairfax County Electoral Board formally fired Cameron Sasnett Friday evening. He had been appointed in October 2015 and had 13 months remaining in his statutory four-year term. “Enough things came to our attention and kind of came to a head to the point where we felt we needed to let him go, and you can imagine, especially less than two weeks from an election, this is not a good time to do something like this. But we felt like we needed to do this,” Electoral Board Chairman Steve Hunt said.
Sasnett told WTOP he plans to contest his removal in circuit court “in the very near future,” because he believes the electoral board did not provide a legally valid explanation for his termination beyond “vague citations of mismanagement.”
Virginia code allows the electoral board to “remove from office, on notice, any general registrar or officer of election who fails to discharge the duties of his office according to law.”