All eight of the felony counts levied against Colin Small, the 23-year-old Phoenixville man who was accused of destroying voter registration forms in Virginia last fall, have been dropped, multiple outlets, including the Washington Post, are reporting.
The felony charges stemmed from the allegation that when Small threw eight completed registration forms in a Dumpster, he was potentially disclosing the Social Security numbers of the voters. According to the Washington Post, the Rockingham County, Va. judge who is hearing the case decided that "the forms’ disposal didn’t equate with disclosing the numbers." While the felony charges were dropped, misdemeanor charges remain.
In October, Small was arrested by the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office and charged with four counts of destruction of voter registration applications, eight counts of failing to disclose voter registration applications, and one count of obstruction of justice.
At the time of the alleged crime, Small was working for Pinpoint, a firm hired by the Virginia GOP to register voters in the state. According to reports, on October 15, the manager of a home accessory store in Harrisonburg, Va. spotted a man who was later identified as Small throwing eight voter registration forms into a Dumpster behind shopping center where he worked.
Previous Patch Coverage of the Small Case
- Phoenixville Man With GOP Tie Charged with Tossing Va. Voter Forms
- Report Indicates Colin Small May Have Just Made 'Mistake'