WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - Virginia lawmakers are asking Attorney General Eric Holder to conduct a multi-state investigation of voter registration fraud connected to a company currently under investigation, according to a statement.
Congressman Jim Moran, Bobby Scott and Gerry Connolly sent a letter to Holder calling on the Dept. of Justice to look into allegations of voter fraud in connection with Strategic Allied Consulting and its subsidiary Pinpoint.
The letter follows voter fraud allegations in three states as well as the Oct. 18 arrest of Pinpoint employee Colin Small in Harrisonburg, Va., on 13 counts of voter fraud.
Strategic Allied Consulting, which is being investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, faces more than 200 allegations of voter registration fraud including the registration of dead people.
Pinpoint operates in Virginia including in Rockingham, Fairfax, Prince William and Loudon counties, as well as in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake.
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli responded to Sen. Donald McEachin's public request for the Attorney General's office to investigate the alleged dumping of voter registration forms in Harrisonburg:
Dear Senator McEachin:
Over the past few days, I have read reports in the news media regarding your request for my office to investigate the alleged dumping of voter registration forms in Harrisonburg. An investigation into this matter is absolutely warranted, and the local authorities are currently conducting one. Tampering with voter forms is a serious crime, and I believe that this allegation should be thoroughly investigated.
Moreover, as a state lawmaker who serves on the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee and as someone who ran for attorney general, you undoubtedly know that my office does not have the authority to investigate election matters unless explicitly requested to do so by the State Board of Elections, a local commonwealth's attorney, or a local electoral board member (see Virginia Code § 24.2-104). No such request has been made to date; and, therefore, by law, I do not have the authority to undertake the investigation you have suggested. My hands are tied in this matter.
However, regarding future election matters, I would be happy to support a legislative effort by you in the next General Assembly session to provide investigative authority to the Office of the Attorney General in relation to vote tampering and voter fraud. As you know, then -- and only then -- would my office be able to fulfill your request to investigate such matters without a formal request from the State Board of Elections.
Thus, I agree with the sentiment reflected in your statements that the Office of the Attorney General should have concurrent authority with commonwealth's attorneys to investigate and prosecute violations of our election laws, such as the destruction of voter registration forms. The current system is cumbersome and less effective than it would be if the prosecutors of the Office of the Attorney General could work across all of our local jurisdictions to punish violators.
I appreciate you focusing attention on this severe shortcoming in our election laws, and I look forward to working with you to improve the protections in Virginia law for the right to vote -- one of our most important and precious rights.
Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, II
Attorney General of Virginia