Get-out-the-vote drives are intended pull unregistered voters into the electorate, but those former non-voters are only eligible if those registration forms are filed. If the person signing the prospective enrollee up loses the paperwork or doesn't file it, that voter isn't eligible.
Last month, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk's Office began an investigation of how 1,500 completed voter registration forms in a Long Beach city trash can. According to county officials, the forms date back to 2012, and include voters of various party affiliations.
Prior to the 2012 general election, a contractor worker, Colin Small, with a consulting firm, Strategic Allied Consulting, enlisted by the Republican Party of Virginia was caught throwing away completed voter registration forms on the last day for sign-ups in the state. Throwing out completed voter registration forms is a crime, and Small faced 13 counts of election fraud, though those charges were later dropped. The consulting firm itself was investigated for similar crimes, including registering dead people and altering voter paperwork.