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Va. Board of Elections Moves to Investigate Voter Fraud

Board votes to request Cuccinelli initiate investigation

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Va. Board of Elections Moves to Investigate Voter Fraud

L: Colin Small. R: Va. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (Getty Images)

The Virginia State Board of Elections has requested that Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli initiate an investigation into allegations of voter fraud.

This comes two days after Cuccinelli said his "hands are tied" in the matter. He wrote in a letter Monday that he did 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."

During Wednesday's meeting in Richmond -- which was scheduled only hours earlier -- the Republican-controlled board voted unanimously that an investigation should proceed.

The board wants Cuccinelli's office to look into an incident involving a contractor who was charged last week with destroying voter registration materials. That contractor, Colin Small, had been working for Pinpoint, a company that had been hired to register voters for the Republican Party of Virginia.

Pinpoint's parent company, Strategic Allied Consulting, is under investigation in Florida for more than 200 allegations of voter registration fraud.

Virginia Congressmen Jim Moran, Bobby Scott and Gerry Connolly sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday, asking the justice department to conduct a multi-state investigation.

In a statement

on its website, Strategic Allied Consulting says it has "never tolerated even minimal violations of election law when registering voters.... Rest assured, contractors who cannot follow our rules -- or the law -- are fired immediately."

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