To put it mildly, this is not acceptable.
So the forms disappear from the office, reappear in another city, get mailed in after the deadline from a fake address, and the registrar’s son– who lives in that city where the forms ended up- starts calling people, lying about who he is, falsely identifies himself the same way the forms were falsely misaddressed and tries to threaten those who were upset about the situation.
Not only did the registrar or her son not get charged with a crime- but Debbie Logan is still the registrar in Harrisonburg today.
Who supervises Debbie Logan? Members of the electoral board- including one of Debbie’s good friends- Suzanne Obenshain- wife of the local Republican State Senator (and Attorney General hopeful for 2013), Mark Obenshain. Suzanne served as a member during this whole 2008 debacle with the voter forms, until mid 2011, when the General Assembly passed a new law that said electoral board members could not be related to candidates or officeholders in their area. That bill passed the Senate 39-0 with Obenshain abstaining. Obenshain did nothing to remove Logan- her friend- after this 2008 debacle.
It’s pretty shocking that this law even needed to be passed, but Obenshain refused to allow the shocking appearance of impropriety here to rethink her role as both the election judge and spouse of the State Senator from the area.
I mean, WTF, is Virginia a third-world country or what? And sorry, but I don’t buy Ken Kookinelli’s explanation of his supposed helplessness in this matter. For a guy who somehow managed to insert himself in every other hot-button issue known to man (not to mention Mann, as in Michael Mann), it seems to me that if he really wanted to investigate the “voter fraud capital of Virginia,” he could do so (or at least make a big stink about NOT being able to do so). Meanwhile, the clock is ticking towards election day – in what could be a razor-thin margin for Obama vs. Willard, Kaine vs. Felix – and, as NLS writes, “if your registration was destroyed, [Harrisonburg Registrar Debbie] Logan won’t even be able to tell you until it is too late to challenge it.” Not acceptable.
P.S. Gotta love the deafening silence from the Virginia conservative blogosphere, and the pathetic #FAIL by the Virginia media in digging into this situation. Thank goodness for a few intrepid bloggers, like Ben “NLS” Tribbett.
UPDATE: Also see Virginia Lawmakers Ask Justice Department to Investigate Voter Registration Fraud — “Congressmen Jim Moran (VA-08), Bobby Scott (VA-03), and Gerry Connolly (VA-11) today sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder calling on the Department of Justice to conduct a multi-state investigation of voter registration fraud connected to Strategic Allied Consulting and its subsidiary Pinpoint.”