A man connected to the Republican Party was arrested after being accused of throwing out completed voter registration forms in Virginia.
According to Talking Points Memo, Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson of Rockingham County is currently investigating the claims. The sheriff’s office is in the midst of reviewing interviews and other evidence.
Hutcheson said a manager from a Harrisonburg, Va., department store reported seeing a man throw out eight voter registration forms. According to TPM, the manager, identified as Rob Johnson, saw the man leave in a black Toyota with Pennsylvania license plates.
Johnson says he saw the same car parked in front of the GOP’s Harrisonburg Victory Office on Tuesday, which is just a block away from where Johnson works.
The sheriff’s office identified Colin Small as the man who threw out the forms. Small was later arrested and charged with one count of obstruction of justice, four counts of destroying voter forms and eight counts of failing to disclose voter registration forms.
Small, 31, from Phoenixville, Pa., is employed by Pinpoint, which was hired by the Republican Party of Virginia to register voters, according to TPM.
It does not appear, however, that Small was destroying voter registration forms of possible Democrats. Virginia does not require voters to identify themselves by political party when they register, according to TPM.
The forms that were thrown away were recovered and later processed. The eight individuals can vote in the upcoming elections.
According to Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, the investigation continues and Small may have more charges filed against him. The sheriff’s office does not believe there will more evidence of a massive dumping of voter registration forms in the county. According to Hutcheson, the dumping of voter registration forms “appears to be limited in nature,” reports TPM.
Further details are limited as the case is an active criminal investigation.