Man with GOP ties charged with destroying Virginia voter registration forms

Mugshot of Colin Small (Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office)

Mugshot of Colin Small (Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office)

A man employed by a company working for the Virginia Republican Party was arrested Thursday and charged with destroying voter registration forms, according to WVIR-TV.

The Rockingham County Sheriff’s office arrested Colin Small, a 31-year-old resident of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, after receiving a report from a Harrisonburg store manager who says he saw Small throwing eight voter registration forms into a nearby dumpster, just before the Monday filing deadline.

Investigators say Small works for Pinpoint, a company hired by the Virginia GOP to register voters. The Sheriff’s office said there doesn’t seem to be a widespread case of voter form destruction and that the incident may not have been politically motivated.

Chairman Pat Mullins, of the Republican Party of Virginia, called Small’s actions “a direct contradiction of both his training and explicit instructions given to him.”

“The Republican Party of Virginia will not tolerate any action by any person that could threaten the integrity of our electoral process,” Mullins said. “The individual in question was fired immediately after we learned of his alleged actions.”

Prosecutors charged Small with four counts of destruction of voter registration applications, eight counts of failing to disclose voter registration applications and one count of obstruction of justice.

The Sheriff’s office said there is a possibility of additional charges.

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