A Virginia judge has dismissed eight felony counts against a Republican Party campaign worker who threw voter registration forms in a dumpster.
Colin Small, 23, still faces misdemeanor charges related to the incident in October, according to his lawyer, John Holloran of Harrisonburg, Va. But the felonies were thrown out during a preliminary hearing Tuesday, Holloran said in an interview.
“I think they charged it three days after the event and thought it was the tip of the iceberg and that there was this huge voter fraud conspiracy that was occurring,” Holloran said. But a grand jury investigation turned up no other evidence of fraud. The next hearing in the case is set for April 16.
The dismissal was first reported Tuesday by the Huffington Post.
Small was first hired as a field supervisor by Strategic Allied Consulting, a firm paid more than $3.5 million by the Republican National Committee to register voters and get out the vote in eight swing states. The company, owned by longtime GOP consultant Nathan Sproul, was fired by the RNC after charges of voter fraud surfaced in Florida, but the voter registration operations continued.