People Whose Voter Applications Were Found in Dumpster Can Still Vote

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

The people whose voter registration forms were found in a dumpster will be able to vote in November, according to Rockingham County Registrar Doug Geib.

The Rockingham County Sheriff's Office is now looking into whether this was a voter fraud crime. Either way, this case is an example of how your personal safety is at risk.

The eight or nine voter registration forms that were thrown in a dumpster in Harrisonburg made their way to Geib on Monday.

"We did get the applications delivered to us, and it was before the deadline, but it was not the custom way of delivering the applications," said Geib.

Not the custom way to get them since police brought the forms to Geib after they were found in the dumpster.

Geib says he contacted the Board of Elections to make sure those people were registered to vote, and now they're good to go for election day.

But the problem doesn't end here.

The Rockingham County Sheriff's Office is looking into whether this was a serious crime or just an accident.

"If there is an explanation for this, then certainly this is an instance where bad business was conducted," said Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson. "If the registration point out in the east end in the Elkton area was doing this, these are documents that should have been shredded."

He says these were documents with personal information that weren't handled the right way.

That's why Geib says when you register to vote, make sure you know who you're dealing with.

"I caution people to be careful to hand forms, these applications that have their personal information on it to somebody they don't know. If they're absolutely positive they're a legitimate group, that's great," said Geib.

Geib says sometimes when you deal with third parties when you register to vote, like college groups or voting drives, there can be mix-ups with your application.

Hutcheson says the forms seem to be from the Elkton area, but they're still looking into several leads to find the person responsible.

The store manager who found the forms says one of them was registered at Blue Ridge Community College.


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