Colin Small May Have Thrown Out Voter Forms Because He Made A Mistake

The young field worker may have panicked because he missed an important deadline.

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Media reports have suggested that Colin Small, the 23-year-old Pennsylvania man charged with destroying voter registration forms in Harrisonburg, Va., may have been part of a larger voter suppression effort by the Republican Party. Small was a contractor for the Republican Party of Virginia, where his job was to follow up with voters whose registration forms were incomplete, and hand in those forms to the registrar within 15 days.

But a source close to the case against Small says the young field worker missed the deadline to return eight voter forms, and then, panicking, appears to have thrown those eight forms in the trash.

According to the source, Small would have gotten fired for missing that deadline.

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While Harrisonburg swung slightly Democratic in the 2008 election, Small's job was to follow up with voters who were potential Republicans. In all likelihood, the forms he allegedly threw in the dumpster would have belonged to Republican voters.

Colin Small, pictured in a mugshot distributed by the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office.
Colin Small, pictured in a mugshot distributed by the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office.

All eight voters have now been correctly registered, according to the source.

Small has now been fired from his job working with the Republican Party of Virginia. According to a statement from state party chairman Pat Mullins, Small's actions were a "direct contradiction" to his training and instructions.

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Although Small's relationship was with the state party, the Republican National Committee has also faced questions about the alleged voter fraud because Small's LinkedIn account lists his job as "grassroots field director" for the RNC.

RNC communications director Sean Spicer tells Whispers that title is "incorrect." He likens Small's exaggerated title to a freelance journalist writing for a smaller newspaper, but describing their role as a staffer at a larger paper.

Spicer also responded to questions about Small's previous work at Strategic Allied Consulting, an Arizona firm fired by the Republican party in early October after fraudulent registration forms were discovered. Small has worked all along for a staffing company called PinPoint, says Spicer, and it was through Pinpoint that he delivered services to Strategic Allied Consulting, and later the Republican Party of Virginia.

"We have zero tolerance" for voter fraud, he says.

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  • Elizabeth Flock is a staff writer for U.S. News & World Report. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook or reach her at eflock@usnews.com.