The supervisor of a Republican-affiliated voter registration drive has been accused of throwing away completed registration forms. Now authorities are trying to figure out whether the forms were discarded intentionally, and whether there is cause for concern elsewhere in Virginia. Authorities arrested the supervisor this month, after a Rockingham County businessman reported seeing someone dumping a bag into his store’s recycling bin. The businessman discovered the completed voter registration forms when he went to move the bag.
The case could have languished under the purview of local authorities for the final weeks before the election. State law forbids the attorney general from investigating such cases unless the state Board of Elections, local electoral board or local commonwealth’s attorney requests assistance.
Last week, officials with the state board voted to call on Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a Republican, to investigate. He agreed to do so, pledging a thorough investigation.
That investigation is necessary to ensure not only the integrity of voter registration drives across Virginia, but to identify whether there may be a broader problem that requires attention. A similar request by Virginia congressmen to have the Department of Justice investigate is also under consideration.