District Attorney looks at two-state votes
By LeaAnne Klentzman
Fort Bend’s most notorious serial voter, Candidate for Precinct 1 Commissioner Bruce Fleming, may be as special as a bowl of Lucky Charms with double marshmallows.
Allegations of voter fraud were leveled against bi-state resident Bruce Fleming earlier this month when documents surfaced indicating that Fleming had voted in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and Fort Bend County, Texas in elections as far back as 2006. Those allegations of voter fraud have been taken to the District Attorney’s Office and are under review.
Fort Bend District Attorney John Healey said Monday, “My Office received a complaint that alleged Bruce Fleming violated voting laws in two separate jurisdictions. The allegations were that he voted in the two jurisdictions in the same race during the same election cycle in 2006, 2008 and 2010.” Healey said he asked the complainant to provide any evidence in their possession, and they did.
Healey said he has asked his Special Crimes prosecutor Scott Carpenter to look into the matter. According to Healey, Carpenter has contacted both the Fort Bend Elections Administrator as well as the Bucks County Elections Administrator to preserve all voter information, authorizations, and or documents in the event a case is substantiated and should move forward.
Healey said he is in “talks” with an investigative agency that could be tasked with investigating the allegations of voter fraud. Although he declined to identify the investigating agency he did say the investigators would follow standard protocol. Healey said his office is still in the initial screening process. He did acknowledge that if a case was to move forward, all documents used in that case would have to be fully authenticated and lead to an affirmative link to Bruce Fleming.
Healey also said the statute of limitations on an offense of this nature is three years; and that has already lapsed on the 2006 and 2008 election cycles. At the time the alleged voter fraud took place, that offense was a 3rd degree felony.
Regardless of the outcome of the voter fraud allegations, Bruce Fleming remains on the ballot, but not in the embrace of the Fort Bend Republican party.
In a meeting of executive committee members last week, the local party voted to withdraw its support from Bruce Fleming. According to party chief Mike Gibson this action was the result of a loss of trust in the candidate. Gibson said, “It is the Party’s firm belief that its candidates should hold and exhibit certain ethical standards. One of those is the sanctity of the vote. The Republican Party of Fort Bend County considers this to be of the utmost importance and believes that if it cannot be sure that a candidate agrees with and follows those standards, then the Party will not support the candidate.