The Goochland County Electoral Board has replaced the county’s voter registrar three weeks before the congressional midterms, a move that has forced the board to bring in outside help to oversee the Nov. 6 election.
Electoral Board member Robin Lind confirmed Tuesday that former Registrar Winston Forrest is “no longer employed by the county.” Forrest, a former deputy registrar in Prince William County, was appointed to run Goochland’s elections office in December 2017.
Lind said he could not go into detail about the precise circumstances of Forrest’s departure, which he called a “personnel matter.”
“We pride ourselves on having the highest turnout of any county in the state and having the highest standards,” Lind said. “And we felt it was important to take these steps to continue those high standards.”
Forrest could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Lind said the change was not the result of wrongdoing related to elections.
“There’s no question of voter fraud or malfeasance or anything like that,” Lind said.
The rural county west of Richmond has roughly 17,500 active registered voters.
Absentee voting is well underway for the midterms, and Monday was the final day to register to vote in next month’s election.
Lind said his board voted Monday to appoint Ryan Mulligan, an assistant registrar in Prince William, as Forrest’s replacement. Mulligan will start next week.
Former Goochland Registrar Frances Ragland has also agreed to come out of retirement to help in the office on a temporary basis, Lind said.
Ragland started in the office Tuesday morning.
“She can help make sure we don’t lose a single heartbeat,” Lind said.