Rus Thompson, the political activist and former Grand Island resident, has been formally charged with felony voter fraud.
Thompson was in State Supreme Court in Buffalo on Friday but there are few details on what the case is actually about. Thompson tells 7 Eyewitness News that his attorney has told him not to say anything to anyone prior to the court appearance but he did speak briefly with our newsroom.
Voter fraud is a felony and Thompson says he has a lot to say once he's allowed to speak to the media.
Thompson does tell us that he was illegally evicted from his Grand Island home and is now living in Niagara Falls, and that lead to his name being taken off the Grand Island voter roll, unbeknownst to him. He says he voted in the September primary election for supervisor and town board but he did so via affidavit at his regular polling place.
Thompson says he believes this is all politically motivated and the truth will come out once he gets to tell his side of the story in court.