AG Office To Widen Voter Fraud Probe

State Electoral Board Request Investigation

Posted: October 24, 2012

HARRISONBURG — Virginia’s Republican attorney general will expand a criminal investigation into alleged efforts by a GOP worker to destroy voter registration forms in Rockingham County, the AG’s office announced today.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s office entered the politically charged investigation today after the Republican-dominated State Board of Elections voted unanimously to authorize the inquiry.

The probe stems from last week’s arrest of Colin Small, 23, on charges he tossed eight completed registrations into a Harrisonburg Dumpster on Oct. 15, the final day to register to vote for the Nov. 6 election. Small was employed at the time by Pinpoint, a company hired by the Republican Party of Virginia to register voters.

Last week, several leading Democrats called on Cuccinelli to investigate the case and whether the Harrisonburg incident was part of a larger, organized effort to tamper with registration forms or voting rights.

At the time, Cuccinelli said his hands were tied, noting that his office could not authorize such an investigation on its own. The AG’s office must wait for a formal request from either the state or local electoral board or a commonwealth attorney’s office before initiating an election-related inquiry.

Now that the request has been made, Cuccinelli said his office will conduct a “thorough investigation” into the charges.

“Violations of election laws will not be tolerated in the commonwealth,” he said in a statement. “Citizens must feel confident that one of our most precious rights-the right to vote-is protected and that the electoral process is a secure and democratic one.”

The Daily News-Record will have a complete report on this story, including today’s meeting of the local electoral board on the case, in Thursday’s print and web editions.

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