So-called “voter fraud” has been a big issue in Virginia this year. It was huge back in the winter, when the Republican-dominated Virginia General Assembly pushed through new voter identification laws that Democrats warned could suppress the vote.
Its cousin, voter-registration fraud, is big in the news now, after the arrest last week in Harrisonburg of Colin Small. He’s a Republican-hired operative accused of deliberately trashing voter-registration applications.
It turns out Small had worked in Virginia for a GOP-affiliated company accused of similar shenanigans in other states where the election is expected to be close. That company more or less changed its name in Virginia and continued operations.
Until Wednesday, state officials had seemed uninterested in investigating this. So three Democratic congressmen from Virginia have requested U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder look into it. Then the state decided to as well.
Allegedly, Small was spotted throwing the registration documents in a dumpster behind a retail store. The suspicion is, they were from likely Democratic voters who will find out Nov. 6 that they’re not registered.
He got fired, and now that the deadline for voter registration has passed, his former colleagues in Harrisonburg are working on “handling” voter applications for absentee ballots.
Which is where my daughter, Anna, 19, comes in.
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