Local Man Finds Several Voter Applications in His Store Dumpster

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

The deadline to register to vote has now passed, but what if your application never made it through? A local man says he found several voter registration forms in his dumpster.

Rob Johnson says he saw a young man throw a white trash bag into his store's dumpster.

At first he says he was annoyed because it's a private dumpster for his business Tuesday Morning.

"When I reached in and picked up the bag, I thought it was an empty bag and that's when I opened it up and saw just the single manilla folder with the 8 or 9 applications inside," said Johnson.

Inside, he says, were eight or nine voter registration forms with people's personal information.

"It listed everything, it had their social security numbers, it had their date of birth, it had their phone numbers, their home address, everything. It was kind of scary," said Johnson.

A scary situation, so Johnson called police to take the forms.

"If I really wanted to take advantage of the situation, I could have had 8 or 9 nice credit cards. All the information was there!"

Johnson says it's not just identity theft that's a major concern here, it's also an issue if they can't vote.

"Those eight or nine people may not know what happened, and imagine how they're going to feel the day on election day, they go into vote and their name isn't on the list. I'd be a little bit ticked off," said Johnson.

He says no one has the right to take away your right to vote.

That's why he hopes whoever tossed those forms will be held accountable.

"I have views that might differ from other people's views and vice versa, but it's the democratic process. So the democratic process won't work unless it's allowed to happen," said Johnson.

Johnson says the forms he found were people from Elkton, Shenandoah and Fishersville.

The Rockingham County Sheriff's Office is now investigating this case.

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