GOP contractor arrested for destruction of voter registration applications

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, October 18, 2012 20:40 EDT
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Colin Small mugshot via Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office
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The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia announced Thursday that it had arrested the man who allegedly tossed completed voter registration forms in a dumpster.

Police on Thursday arrested 31-year-old Colin Small, who was a voter registration supervisor employed by Pinpoint, an independent firm contracted by the Republican Party of Virginia.

Smith has been charged with four counts of destruction of voter registration applications, eight counts of disclosure of voter registration application, and one count of obstruction of justice.

“There is no indication that this activity was widespread in our jurisdiction; it appears to be very limited in nature but there is the possibility that additional charges may be filed in the future if it is deemed appropriate,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “There are no other details that we can release at this time, as this is still an active and ongoing criminal investigation.”

Earlier this week, a man working at a Tuesday Morning store saw someone toss something in the dumpster behind his work and speed off in a car. When he investigated what had been thrown out, he discovered several voter registration forms, which were filled out.

“Those eight or nine people may not know what happened, and imagine how they’re going to feel the day on election day, they go into vote and their name isn’t on the list. I’d be a little bit ticked off,” said Rob Johnson, who found the forms and contacted police.

The forms were delivered to the Rockingham County registrar just hours before the registration deadline.

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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