The Virginia Board of Elections, which is controlled by Republicans, is refusing to request a formal investigation by the state attorney general into allegations that the state GOP has been dumping valid voter registration forms rather than turning them in.
The State Board Of Elections says it will not ask Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to investigate the case of a Republican Party contract worker, accused of throwing voter registration forms in the trash…
“There’s no way to tell by party when people fill out these forms, what party they’re affiliated with, so I don’t think there’s any political motivation,” Virginia Registrar Brandi Lilly said Friday.
But that is both false and irrelevant. As we’ve seen in video from other states, it’s trivially easy for a canvasser to ask the person they’re talking to which party or candidate they’re going to vote for. Once you know their answer, you can either not take their voter registration form (which is illegal) or you can take it and then dump it later (which is also illegal, but more difficult to catch; in this case, we just got lucky that someone saw the guy dump the forms in the trash). But dumping voter registration forms is illegal whether it was politically motivated or not.
Cuccinelli, who is about as far right and as rabidly partisan as you can get, says he can’t open an investigation without a referral from the board of elections or other relevant officials:
“My office does not have the authority to investigate election matters unless explicitly requested to do so by the State Board of Elections, a local commonwealth’s attorney, or a local electoral board member, ” Cuccinelli wrote. “No such request has been made to date; and therefore, by law, I do not have the authority to undertake the investigation you have suggested.”
But this investigation should not be done by Cuccinelli at all. It should be done by the DOJ voting rights division, where you have professional, career attorneys to do the work.