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Breaking: GOP Contractor Arrested For Throwing Voter Registrations In Dumpster

by David Badash on October 18, 2012

in News,Politics

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Editor’s note: Read our update: Nathan Sproul Employed Man Arrested For Throwing Voter Registrations In Dumpster

A GOP voter registration contractor has just been arrested in Harrisonburg, Virginia after a local resident reported to police he had seen someone throwing a “bag of trash” in his dumpster and speeding away on Monday. The bag contained filled out and completed voter registration application forms. Colin Small (image, right), the man whom police arrested, is charged with eight felonies and five misdemeanors.

“The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in the investigation of voter registration fraud that began on the afternoon of October 15th when law enforcement received a citizen complaint of voter registration application forms being found in a dumpster behind a business in the City of Harrisonburg,” according to a press release from the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office:

The following individual has been charged:

Mr. Colin Small, 31 year old male of Phoenixville, PA
Voter Registration Supervisor employed by Pinpoint, an independent private organization contracted by the Republican Party of Virginia for purposes of general voter registration.
Copy of mugshot attached to this release

The following charges have been placed:

Four (4) counts of Destruction of Voter Registration Application, Class 1 Misdemeanor, Section 24.2-1002.01, Code of Virginia

Eight (8) counts of Disclosure of Voter Registration Application, Class 5 Felony, Section 24.2-1002.01, Code of Virginia

One (1) count of Obstruction of Justice, Class 1 Misdemeanor, Section 18.2-460(A), Code of Virginia

These charges are based upon lengthy consultation with and assistance from the Rockingham County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office regarding the investigation.

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. There are no other details that we can release at this time, as this is still an active and ongoing criminal investigation.

Anyone who may have a question regarding their own voter registration status is encouraged to contact the County Registrar’s office or the Sheriff’s Office.

Rob Johnson, a Store Manager in Harrisonburg, Virginia, reported the incident on Monday, and made this note on his Facebook page:

“I just saw a guy throw a bag of trash in my cardboard dumpster and speed off. I went to get the bag and throw it in the trash dumpster. In the bag was a folder containing FILLED OUT VIRGINIA VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS!! I called the Harrisonburg Registrars office and they sent the police who said they really didn’t know what to do in a case like this because its never happened before. The police took the forms and left. I’m really concerned because today is the last day in Virginia to register to vote and if these forms are tied up while trying to figure out what to do, will these people be allowed to vote???”

This evening, just about an hour ago, Johnson made the following statement, also via Facebook:

“The police have just arrested the man who threw the voter registration forms into my dumpster on Monday. I have seen his picture and can confirm 100% this is the same man.”

John Aravosis at AmericaBlog reminds us that “our concerns about massive Republican voter fraud extending beyond Florida were justifed. It’s now hit Pennsylvania too.”

Indeed, as The New Civil Rights Movement reported last month, Mitt Romney and the GOP have paid several firms with a long history of voter fraud allegations, and a man named Nathan Sproul — who runs most or all of them – more than $2 million recently for “voter registration” in key swing and battleground states. Sproul has been operating in North Carolina, Virginia and Colorado, along with other key battleground states.

Voters in all states who are concerned should contact their local Registrars Office to ensure they are indeed registered to vote.

And by the way, Rob Johnson is an American hero.

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dmcrane1 October 18, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Thank you , Mr. Johnson, for choosing to get involved and do the right thing. Hopefully those voter registration forms will be filed and given proper registration.

weshlovrcm October 19, 2012 at 12:40 am

Once again, immoral conservatives are trampling on the Constitution and trying to suppress Democratic voter turnout. While they scream "fraud" in state after state to focus attention away from themselves, it appears they are the ones committing all the criminal mischief. Don't for a second believe that this is the first time this has ever happened–it's the first time it may have been caught in this area, but conservatives are doing this stuff all the time all over the nation.

gregm91436 October 19, 2012 at 2:13 am

You know what would be good? If Obama talked about this in his opening statement in the 3rd debate.

theboyzmom919 October 20, 2012 at 3:24 pm
Maybe you should do a little research before before you go making suggestions…. this was one person and individual with poor judgement or ignorance…. lets not forget about Acorn, and there massive voter fraud charges in 2008…. corporate versus personal…. I hope Obama does bring it up I'm sure Romney will enjoy the rebuttal…. Ignorance is bliss.. isn't it?

gm52246 October 21, 2012 at 9:40 pm

theboyzmom919: We don't actually know if this has been one person, since he hasn't been investigated yet. His linked in profile indicates that he worked for the Republican party,a nd as LusciousDC's detailed comment illustrates, he has ties to Nathan Sproul, who's been interfering with other people's Constitutionally mandated right to vote for at least 8 years now.

"Which explains the reports, this month, of voter registration fraud by Strategic Allied Consulting in a dozen Florida counties. More than 100 cases in one county alone."

If Romney were to respond with "well, one person in D.C. voted twice in 2011," he'd look pathetic.

InvokeRights October 19, 2012 at 3:00 am

If there is indeed voter fraud going on in this company, then why doesn't anyone do anything about it? Seriously, get into this company, find out how they operate, bring incriminating evidence, BAM! Get these idiots put in jail!

I'm glad that someone did the right thing and reported at least one of these crooks.

jgrobelny October 19, 2012 at 1:28 pm

if this guy was a catholic and an eagle scout, it looks like his upbringing failed him, thanks to the GOP:

LusciousDC October 19, 2012 at 3:25 pm

This is NOT the first time and I can pretty much guarantee it won't be the last. Now did you know this……

Question: Who is the largest single contractor of the Republican Party of Florida today?

Answer: Someone whose company, in 2004, shredded Democratic voter registration forms.

And now it's happening again.

Meet Nathan Sproul. His first cause was ending sex education. That catapulted him to the head of the Republican Party of Arizona.

Sproul then set up Sproul & Associates. In 2004, Republicans paid Sproul's firm $7.9 million to go around registering voters under the confusing name of "America Votes," which happens to be the name of a large progressive organization. Then a former employee of Sproul & Associates showed a local TV station shredded voter registration forms – for Democrats only. He said that Sproul's firm faithfully turned in Republican registration forms, and shredded the Democratic ones. Or just refused to register Democrats at all. Another Sproul employee said the same thing.

Fast forward to the 2008 election, in Florida. ACORN registered tens of thousands of new voters, Democratic, Republican and Independent. ACORN was so good at voter registration that Republican leaders in the Florida state government retaliated by criminalizing the voter registration process. The Republicans booby-trapped voter registration so badly that even the Florida League of Women Voters gave up. Virtually any irregularity in the voter registration process can land you in jail. And you know what they did to ACORN.

Fast forward again, to the 2012 election, in Florida. The Republican Party of Florida, the Republican National Committee, and the Romney Campaign all hire a firm called Strategic Allied Consulting to do voter registration in Florida. In fact, Strategic Allied Consulting has become the single largest contractor to the Republican Party of Florida, receiving more than $3 million. It is the sole voter registration operation hired by the Republican National Committee, at the expense of a further $3 million. It has been hired to do the same work in Nevada, Colorado, North Carolina and Virginia. And the person behind Strategic Allied Consulting is . . . Nathan Sproul.

Which explains the reports, this month, of voter registration fraud by Strategic Allied Consulting in a dozen Florida counties. More than 100 cases in one county alone.

Here in Florida, we've had Republicans suppress the Democratic vote by every method known to mankind. They have purged the voter rolls, in express violation of the Voting Rights Act. They cut early voting days in half, because so many African-Americans were voting that way. Their extremist voter ID laws place the burden on the voter to provide his identity to their satisfaction. They have made election administration completely partisan. They have created artificial shortages of voting machines in heavily Democratic precincts. They have excluded convicts from voting, and made it virtually impossible for them to restore their constitutional rights. They have even set up roadblocks between voters and polling places on Election Day. The head of the Republican Party of Florida testified under oath that he attended meetings where the subject was "keeping blacks from voting."

So you see that the Republican party has plans to cheat. If you can't win without cheating, why run? But I guess some people want to win no matter what. DISGRACEFUL!

SoRefined October 19, 2012 at 5:27 pm

The article doesn't indicate if the registrations recovered were for Republicans, Democrats, third parties or a mixture or if they were likely legitimate registrations or fraudulent ones (as seems to be the case in the articles linked later in the piece) so I'm not sure what conclusions we can draw about what group of voters (if any) is the target of suppression.

That said, I hope that if these are legitimate registration forms, that the people who filled them out in good faith will not be prevented from exercising the franchise, no matter their party or political preference. Also, this is why every state should allow same day (as the election) registration. Also, why don't we just have uniform election laws? Also, [2000 word rant deleted for brevity's sake.]

theboyzmom919 October 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm

This is desperate move by the media to try and pull voters back to the democratic party and try to keep Obama in office! Notice this article speaks of an individual not a group or corporation like Acorn who had admitted to committing massive Voter Fraud for the democrats during the 2008 election!

Allpartisans October 30, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Wait, I'm confused. So Voter ID laws to stop voter fraud is evil and Republicans claim that voter fraud is rampant is silly? Sorry, you silly rabbits, you cannot have it both ways.

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