Article from today’s Washington Post
Man working for firm under contract
to Va. GOP charged with
voter registration fraud
By Maggie Fazeli Fard and Ben Pershing, Updated: Friday, October 19, 12:26 PM
Colin Small, 23, of Phoenixville, Pa., was arrested on Thursday by sheriff’s deputies in Rockingham County, in the state’s Shenandoah Valley, on 13 charges of voter registration fraud.
(Courtesy of Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office) – Colin Small allegedly tossed eight voter registration forms into a dumpster. He was arrested Thursday on charges of voter registration fraud.
The alleged crime happened on Monday, when a business owner in Harrisonburg, Va., reported that someone had tossed eight voter registration forms in a dump bin behind his store.
An investigation led law enforcement to Small, who was described by the sheriff’s office as a “voter registration supervisor.” Officials said Small was employed by a company contracted by the Republican Party of Virginia to register voters.
In a statement, Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Pat Mullins said he was “alarmed by the allegations” and that Small was “fired immediately” when the allegations surfaced.
“The Republican Party of Virginia will not tolerate any action by any person that could threaten the integrity of our electoral process,” Mullins said.
Small was charged with four counts of destruction of voter registration application, eight counts of disclosure of voter registration application and one count of obstruction of justice.
On his LinkedIn profile, Small is listed as a “Grassroots Field Director” for the Republican National Committee.
Brian Moran, chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia, is calling for authorities to investigate whether the incident “is part of a larger effort to limit Virginians’ access to the ballot.”
“Given their rhetoric about eliminating voter fraud, Republicans should welcome an investigation to prove that these disturbing incidents are isolated and not a central feature of the GOP campaign effort this year,” Moran said in a statement.
According to the sheriff’s office, the incident appears to be isolated and there is no indication that similar activity has occurred in the area.
Still, officials noted that the investigation is ongoing and that additional charges may be filed.
It remains unclear why the voter forms, which do not list party affiliation, were thrown away, officials said.
Voter registration in Virginia closed on Monday, the same day Small allegedly threw the forms away.
If you are paying attention to this blog the pattern is clear….Republican Voter Suppression and Voter Fraud is being conducted in an organized and systematic fashion to rob non-Republican of their voting rights and to thereby deliver the US Presidency to Mitt Romney! As with most things related to the Republican Party this is repugnant and TOTALLY WRONG.