- Howard Dean cheers Obama’s approach to Russian aggression
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s childhood nickname? ‘The Surprise’
- Democrat Grimes backs Keystone XL pipeline in Kentucky Senate race
- China spends for 17 new warships as U.S. cuts back military
- In Japan, Obama plays soccer with a robot and warns students of climate change
- FDA proposes ban on e-cigarette sales to minors
- Wyoming gas plant explosion sends entire town fleeing
- Aborted fetuses from British Columbia incinerated in Oregon plant to make electricity
- Motolotov cocktail thrown a Brooklyn mini-mart
- 3 Americans dead in shooting at Kabul hospital by Afghan guard
Discarded filled-out voter forms in Virginia spur probe
Virginia officials are probing a case in which completed voter-registration forms were said to have been tossed into a trash bin outside of a store in the Shenandoah Valley just before Monday’s 5 p.m. registration deadline — the latest incident in what’s already been a rather eventful election year in the Old Dominion.
Rob Johnson, manager of the store Tuesday Morning in Harrisonburg, said he saw a man pull up in a car on Monday, throw something in his trash bin, then drive away.
After sifting through the garbage bag — perilously close to the 5 p.m. voter-registration deadline — Mr. Johnson found a folder with eight voter-registration forms already filled out.
Luckily, Doug Geib, the Rockingham County registrar, said the eight forms were delivered to his office before the deadline. After getting advice from the State Board of Elections, the five people who were not already registered were cleared, he said.
“Everybody that had not been on our records is now registered to vote,” he said.
Mr. Geib said Wednesday that the county sheriff’s office was still investigating whether the incident involved criminal activity.
“For the most part, this is an unusual instance,” said Donald Palmer, secretary of the State Board of Elections, stressing that third-party groups that register voters “have to take the job of taking a voter registration for another person very seriously.”
“They almost disenfranchised people,” he said.
On his Facebook page Monday afternoon, Mr. Johnson wrote about the incident, which was then reported by WVIR-TV Channel 29, an NBC affiliate in Charlottesville.
“Not like this,” he said. “Not where registrations were thrown into garbage cans.”
The theme of voter fraud, however, has been percolating in the state since December, when then-presidential candidate Newt Gingrich blamed his failing to turn in the requisite number of petition signatures to secure a spot on the state’s primary ballot on a rogue campaign worker “who frankly committed fraud.”
Mr. Gingrich, along with then-candidates Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman Jr., later joined a lawsuit filed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry in an attempt to get their names on the ballot.
(Corrected paragraph:) Once they were denied, the outcome of the March primary was never in doubt, with GOP nominee Mitt Romney cruising to victory in a head-to-head matchup with Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. Mr. Romney and Mr. Paul were the only Republican candidates to turn in the required 10,000 valid signatures, including 400 from each of the state’s 11 congressional districts.
In the midst of the legal proceedings and the primary came rancorous debate during the 2012 General Assembly session over proposed voter-identification laws Democratic legislators quickly used to invoke the days when poll taxes and Jim Crow laws were routine in the home of the former Confederate capital. Proponents of the measure, which ended up passing, said its object was to curb potential voter fraud. The final bill actually expands the forms of ID voters can present at the polls to include items such as utility bills and recent bank statements. Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, directed the board of elections to send new voter-registration cards to every active registered voters in the state. The votes of those who do not present proper identification will be counted provisionally.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Supreme Court pushes consideration of N.J. gun case to April 25
- Supreme Court weighs appeal to concealed-carry gun laws
- Michael Bloomberg charts $50M challenge to NRA: 'Got to make them afraid'
- McAuliffe's PAC off to fast start, with $254,000 raised in two weeks
- Virginia Republican Bob Marshall stands by remarks that raise eyebrows
Latest Blog Entries
TWT Video Picks
By Andrew P. Napolitano
Obama's veil of secrecy is pierced
- Obama avoids 'red line' for China, prepared to impose tougher sanctions on Russia
- 'Top Gun' for drones: Squadrons of carrier-based killers have Navy's approval
- Pentagon plans to replace flight crews with 'full-time' robots
- Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy hailed as patriot, ripped as lawless deadbeat
- In the company of a saint: Catholic Church will canonize Pope John Paul and Pope John XXIII
- America is an oligarchy, not a democracy or republic, university study finds
- In its hunt for Senate, Republican candidates campaign against Harry Reid
- CARSON: When government looks more like foe than friend
- Washington Redskins' 2014 schedule opens with Texans
- NAPOLITANO: A legal way to kill?
Top 10 handguns in the U.S.
Celebrity deaths in 2014