Here’s a story of potential voter registration fraud in Virginia, where a store employee in Harrisonburg saw someone dump a bag of trash that turned out to have completed voter registration forms in it. Elections officials and the police have been notified.
A typical Monday afternoon at Tuesday Morning, a store in Harrisonburg, took a strange turn, when the manager Rob Johnson spotted someone putting a bag of trash in his recycling bin. Johnson went to retrieve the misplaced refuse.
“That’s when I realized, this bag is really light and looked inside,” Johnson said. “There was the manila folder with the eight voter registration applications, and I was like, we’ve got something here.”
The Rockingham County registrar says those forms belonged to would-be voters from three different counties. Their only common thread appears to be a recent registration drive in the Elkton area.
“We don’t know what the motive was to throw these away,” said Rockingham County Voter Registrar Doug Geib. “But I don’t think it was based on that… because there’s no way the people collecting the applications would know what party, what candidate these people are going to vote for.”
But that is not necessarily the case. They could very well have done what that canvasser did in Colorado a couple weeks ago, asked people who they wanted to vote for or which party they belonged to. Then they take the registration regardless of the answer, but throw away the ones who said they were Democratic. And one of the local blogs offers some evidence that this might be the case:
The car that drove up was a black Toyota Camry with Pennsylvania license plates. Who would be in the Valley from Pennsylvania and have a bunch of completed voter registration forms that they wanted to destroy?
Once this story hit Facebook, a number of people pointed out to the person who witnessed this crime that the state GOP “Victory Office” was just a couple blocks away. Yesterday afternoon, guess what car was parked in front of the office?
Yep, a black Toyota Camry from Pennsylvania.
Now that isn’t proof, but it’s certainly suggestive and needs to be investigated. That blogger then offered this update:
Sources close to the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office are telling me that Strategic Allied Consulting is involved in this. This is the same group that was in the national news two weeks ago for their “registration” drive in Florida that had forms with made up voters.
And he points out that Strategic Allied Consulting shares an office space with none other than Karl Rove’s American Crossroads groups. I doubt that’s a coincidence. I’m sure more will come out on this over the next few days.
Update: An arrest has been made in the case, and it’s from a supervisor, not merely a canvasser:
The Rockingham County Sheriff’s office has arrested a Pennsylvania man and charged him with attempting to throw away filled out voter registration forms.
Colin Small, 31 year old male from Phoenixville, PA has been charged with 8 felonies and 5 misdemeanors in connection with the controversy. He is employed by Pinpoint, a company that was hired by the Republican Party of Virginia to help with voter registration.
But Small’s LinkedIn profile says he’s a grassroots field director for the Republican National Committee, where his job entails “conducting voter registration drives, staffing political rallies, organizing Get Out the Vote Efforts.” To be fair, though, he doesn’t work for ACORN, so it’s all okay.
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