VA Voter Suppression Prosecution Expanding

VA Voter Suppression Prosecution Expanding November 5, 2012

The investigation into the destruction of valid voter registration forms by an RNC employee working for one of the many sockpuppet companies Nathan Sproul keeps creating to cover his tracks and former problems with voting rights violations is expanding to cover Sproul and perhaps even more. The Washington Post reports:

The investigation into the arrest of a man on charges of dumping voter registration forms last month in Harrisonburg, Va., has widened, with state officials probing whether a company tied to top Republican leaders had engaged in voter registration fraud in the key battleground state, according to two persons close to the case.

A former employee of Strategic Allied Consulting, a contractor for the Republican Party of Virginia, had been scheduled to appear last Tuesday before a grand jury after he was charged with tossing completed registration forms into a recycling bin. But state prosecutors canceled Colin Small’s grand jury testimony to gather more information, with their focus expanding to the firm that had employed Small, which is led by longtime GOP operative Nathan Sproul.

State authorities are seeking to learn whether any of Small’s supervisors instructed him or any of his 40 co-workers in Virginia to ask potential voters about their political leanings during registration drives, the two sources said. Asking such questions could be a violation of state election law.

The answer almost certainly has to be yes. How else would they know which registration forms to throw out? You know damn well they didn’t throw out the registration forms of Republicans, they were hired by the Republican party. And an employee of that same company in Colorado has already been caught on tape asking prospective voters who they were going to vote for before registering them to vote. And Sproul’s former employees in past elections have said they did the same thing there. And yet the RNC and state Republican parties continue to hire him, then pretend to fire him and continue the same operations under a different name.

A Denver TV station reports that Sproul was interviewed by the FBI in April. And there’s this:

Six months later, Sproul founded Strategic Allied Consulting. He runs the firm from a corner office on the eighth floor of a lavish office building in Tempe, Arizona. But you’d never know it by looking at the articles of incorporation. That’s because the company is actually registered in Virginia where it shares an address with Karl Rove’s Super PAC American Crossroads.

Sproul admits he conveniently left his name off the paperwork. He told the LA Times “he created Strategic Allied Consulting at the RNC’s request because the party wanted to avoid being publicly linked to the past allegations.”

In a heated exchange, Sproul refused to repeat that claim telling Fox 31 Denver “ultimately as the owner of the company it is my decision to make that choice.”

It’s time that Sproul faced criminal charges.

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  • slc1

    So what is going to be done about the registration forms that were thrown out?

    By the way, it should be pointed out that there is no registration by party in Virginia so that a registeree would have to tell the registerer truthfully who he/she was voting for.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    The investigation … has widened, with state officials probing

    State officials. The Feds need to get interested in this.

    The commonwealth’s attorney had planned to question Small about his employers and training before a special multi-jurisdiction grand jury based in Staunton, Va., according to the two persons familiar with the probe. But state officials changed course when they realized that Virginia law would give Small immunity from election-law charges if he were questioned about his superiors.

    What? That sounds odd.

  • unbound

    @slc1 – That is correct, but most people probably were unaware / uninformed that the voter registration was run by the RNC. Most people probably thought it was an innocent conversation.

    Additionally, my Republican dominated county has lost my out-of-state college son’s absentee ballot registration twice now. Since most college students tend to be liberal, I’m assuming that they probably accidentally lost a number of college student’s absentee ballot registrations this year.

  • Should we start a pool to see how many hours or days it is, after the election–if it goes Romney–, that the VA AG will do the “Good ol’boys will be Good ol’boys. Nothing to see here, move along, move along.”?

  • Pierce R. Butler

    … state officials …

    Does this mean people who answer to Ken Cuccinelli?

    If so, I doubt Nathan Sproul will lose any sleep, or anything else.

  • If you really wanted to vote, you’d have told them you were a Republican. It’s just a little lie. Come on. After that, it gets easier. You’ll start to enjoy it.

    Heck, in a few years you won’t even notice (or care) that you’ve moved up to lying about such popular subjects as the environment, taxation and, obviously, ladyparts.

  • raven

    This Tea Party guy is probably going to face criminal charges.

    AP Nov 2, 2012:

    The Willamette Week newspaper reported the election worker filled in Republican bubbles on ballots where preferences had been left empty by voters in the county, which primarily comprises Portland suburbs.

    A person with knowledge of the investigation said Willamette Week accurately described the incident.


    Somewhere between dismal and frightening is more like it. Far as I’m concerned, Romney will set the USA back 50 years if we are lucky.

    This guy in Oregon was just filling in people’s ballots for them after they were submitted. Which is a clear felony.

    There have been a lot of reports of voter registration fraud and voter fraud already. The best known is the GOP company throwing away Democratic voter registrations in Florida and Virginia.

    The vast majority of those reports of fraud involved the Tea Party/GOP. They really don’t much like democracy. One wonders just how much GOP fraud is ongoing that hasn’t been caught.

  • raven

    I’m assuming that they probably accidentally lost a number of college student’s absentee ballot registrations this year.

    One of the ever growing lists of GOP hates is…college students.

    Rich Satanorum had some explicit and uncomplementary things to say about colleges and universities. Full of educated and thinking people or some such. And oh yeah, owned by satan.

    Santorum’s views on higher education and Satan | Inside Higher Ed

    ww.insidehighered. com/…/santorums-views-higher-education-and-s…

    27 Feb 2012 – As far back as December he was calling colleges “indoctrination centers” for … Rick Santorum has supported legislative solutions that provide loans, … quoted him as supporting federal spending for that purpose: “Rick Santorum … In a 2008 talk at Ave Maria University, Santorum discussed the way Satan …

  • MikeMa

    I wonder if the outcry will reach the level of the Acorn insanity from 2008? Fraud, in this case, is real but heavily GOP tilted so Faux news will clearly downplay it. The other news outlets should have some interest though. One would think.

  • jollywahlstrom

    As soon as the GOP starting claiming there were voter frauds, I knew they were doing it. The FBI should have started investigating them as soon as they made the claim.

  • abb3w

    @2, Reginald Selkirk

    What? That sounds odd.

    A bit of poking turns up…

    § 24.2-1018. Immunity of witnesses:

    No witness called by the court or attorney for the Commonwealth and giving evidence for the prosecution, either before a grand jury or the court in any prosecution under this title, shall ever be proceeded against for any offense made penal by the provisions of this title and committed by him at or in connection with the events germane to the matter being prosecuted; but such witness shall be compelled to testify, and for refusing to answer questions, he may be punished for contempt by the court.

    Title 24.2 is the Virginia Code governing Elections.

  • Raven, last year some GOP governor — New Hampshire or thereabouts, IIRC — flat out stated the voting age should be raised because young people vote “liberal.”

  • raven


    New Hampshire GOP Speaker Discourages Students From Voting …

    thinkprogress. org/…/ new-hampshire-gop-speaker-discourages-studen…

    1 Dec 2011 – New Hampshire House Speaker William O’Brien, a Republican, told a tea party group that allowing people to …. First, he is saying that all college students vote liberal. …. Shouldn’t matter about your political persuasion.

    I remember that.

    I thought it was a nice touch. The GOP hates so many groups of people, they are in danger of running out of new ones to hate. College students tend to be smart and educated. Not their kind of people at all.

  • Michael Heath

    It seems pretty clear to me what’s happening. Strategic Allied Consulting is a secret operative of the Obama White House. They purposefully got caught throwing out Democrats’ voter registration forms in order to use such “evidence” to get a federal court order to stop the election. That way the Obama regime can continue forever, just like the 3rd Reich intended!

  • paul

    I know it’s probably fruitless to ask, but now that we have evidence of registration forms being illegally thrown out, will anything be done to allow those people to vote when they show up on election day, believing that they are registered?

  • This is why we need mandatory voter ID. Because shut up, that’s why.

  • kermit.

    From Denis Campbell’s UK Progressive:

    And mathematics showed changes in actual raw voting data that had no statistical correlation other than programmable computer fraud. This computer fraud resulted in votes being flipped from Democrat to Republican in every federal, senatorial, congressional and gubernatorial election since 2008 (thus far) and in the 2012 primary contests from other Republicans to Mitt Romney.

  • zippythepinhead

    “… he was charged with tossing completed registration forms into a recycling bin.”

    This is truly shocking — there’s recycling in Virginia?!

  • Ben P

    RE: Kermit

    I saw that a few days ago and Read the PDF study that was linked

    The essence of the claims made there is this. The authors took voter results by precinct and graphed them by precinct size. Accross a number of charts in a number of states, Romney’s votes show a statistical anomaly in that he shows a positive correlation between vote percentage and larger precincts where all other candidates show a flat or negative correlation.

    For example consider the Ohio Primary (p.12 of the PDF above). Accross 9774 precincts from 100,000 to 1,400,000 in size. Santorum has a fairly flat line, approximately 38% support in the smallest precincts decreasing to approximately 35% in the largest. Gingrich has a virtually flat 15% support across all and Perry has flat approximately 3% support across all. Paul shows significant support in the very smallest precincts, but rapidly falls off to about 12%, dropping to 9% in the largest precincts.

    Romney on the other hand has the only positive correlation, starting at about 33% in the smaller precincts and increasing to almost 38% in the largest.

    The authors conclude this is a statistical marker indicating election fraud in the form of electronic “vote switching” away from other candidates and toward Romney.

    I’m of a split mind on this.

    1. The report, along with the UK story have gained very little traction outside of very liberal sites that tend to adopt other conspiracy theories and Ron Paul enclaves. If there were real meat behind this I can’t help but believe it would get more traction.

    2. The statistical study itself (in the PDF linked above) seems awfully cavalier about dismissing a demographic cause for the lines. they basically say “we’ve done the math, and it ruled out demographic causes.”

    3. That said, assuming the statistics going into their graphs are real (many of the links were temporary), the charts present a bizarre picture and I do find it very interesting that Romney’s votes would show statistical aberrations like that and want a solid explanation for why Romney would stand out across multiple states in multiple primaries where no other candidates do so.

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