Preliminary Hearing in Voter Fraud Case Delayed Again

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

HARRISONBURG -- Colin Small, the man accused of throwing out several voter registration forms, will have his first court hearing in April. His lawyer discussed what he thinks will come out of that hearing.

Small was expected to be in Rockingham County's general district court Tuesday for his preliminary hearing, but that was delayed for the third time since his arrest. Small is facing eight felony charges and five misdemeanors for voter fraud.

John Holloran, Small's lawyer, said with all the national attention this case received, he hopes people will get an understanding of what really happened last October.

"The case will be a lot more simple than it's been made out to be,” said Holloran, “I mean the case ended up in the LA Times, New York Times, it was all over the country and it was drummed up during an election. Once the election is died away and you have an opportunity to analyze exactly what occurred, I think it will be informational for people to find out what the facts are."

Small was working as a voter registration supervisor in Rockingham County when eight voter registration forms were found in a dumpster in Harrisonburg.

Small was working for a third party organization, which was contracted by the Republican Party to register voters.

Since this case, Virginia lawmakers are considering a bill that would make groups that conduct voter-registration drives undergo training and take an oath promising to follow registration laws.

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