New Proof King Street Patriots/True The Vote Are Voter Suppression Groups

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We knew already, but now we know even more: King Street Patriots, the right-wing “voter fraud prevention” group whose activist arm is called True the Vote, is interested only in hurting Democrats and helping Republicans.

From the Texas Democratic Party today:

True the Vote and the King Street Patriots Get Caught With Their Pants Down – Confirm They Are Only Concerned With One Kind of “Voter Fraud”

Fort Bend – Attached, you can see proof that the Republican candidate for County Commissioner in Fort Bend County voted in the general elections in both Texas and Pennsylvania in 2006, 2008, and 2010.  In all three cases, he voted by mail in Pennsylvania and then fraudulently voted in person in Texas.

Bruce J. Fleming of Sugar Land, age 60, is the Republican nominee for County Commissioner in Precinct 1 in Fort Bend County.  His financial disclosure records show that he owns a homesteaded property in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, along with his homesteaded property in Sugar Land, Texas.  Records from Bucks County show that a Bruce J Fleming with the same birth date and property address as the Bruce Fleming in Fort Bend County voted in Bucks County in the last three general elections with a mail ballot.  He also voted in person in Fort Bend County in those same three elections.

Bruce Fleming is running against Fort Bend County Democratic incumbent county commissioner Richard Morrison.  Fleming remains on the voter rolls in Pennsylvania although he registered in Texas in July of 2006.  It also appears that Fleming's wife, Nancy, voted in both elections in 2010.

Ironically, Catherine Renee Engelbrecht, President of the radical rightwing True The Vote and King Street Patriots lives and votes in the commissioner precinct in which Fleming is running.  Fort Bend County records show that Engelbrecht voted in the Republican primary and in the runoff election that gave Fleming the Republican nomination.  Obviously, Engelbrecht and True the Vote are unconcerned about the most common form of voter fraud – ballot by mail.

Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said, “Here is Ms. Engelbrecht gallivanting around the country drawing attention to herself about imaginary voter fraud while her own Republican county commissioner candidate is a serial fraudulent voter.  This is not voter fraud in her backyard.  This is voter fraud in her living room.”

“Why should we take True the Vote seriously when they are not at all concerned about real voter fraud?  They simply want to deny voting rights to Democrats.  Ms. Engelbrecht needs to true the vote in her own house before she attempts to deny votes to honest voters across America,” Hinojosa continued.  “We do, however, take True the Vote seriously.  We believe they are seriously dangerous to democracy.”

“Additionally, I call on Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to quit wasting taxpayer money on wild eyed conspiracy theories about voter identification and pay attention to real voter fraud in Texas by Republicans.  This is a third degree felony, and would be a second degree felony under current Texas law.  Let's see if Greg Abbott has any money left after his losing battle in Texas courts to restrict honest voters.  I challenge Abbott to prosecute this crime against the decency of the State of Texas,” Hinojosa concluded.  

Unfortunately we know by now that Abbott is not interested in voter fraud.  Abbott is only interested in suppressing the voter of students, the elderly and minorities.

The Texas Democratic Party sued King Street Patriots after the 2008 election for their illegal tactics and won.  The case is on appeal now before the Austin Court of Appeals.  It is a shame that only one political party, the Texas Democratic Party, will stand up for all voters in Texas no matter how they want to vote.  Nevertheless, TDP will continue to pursue vote suppressers in public and at the courthouse until we leadership in state government that believes in democracy.

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Ben Sherman

Ben Sherman has been a BOR staff writer since 2011. A graduate of the University of Texas, Ben has worked on campaigns, in political consulting, and has written for other news outlets like Think Progress. Ben considers campaign finance reform the fundamental challenge of our time because it affects every other issue in American politics. He is currently on leave for the election season.

2 Comments

  1. Screw the Vote
    We Democrats should make sure we target the “True the Vote” poll watchers and do everything legal to make their life miserable.  I live in Kyle and will be looking on a regular basis to see if any show up.  I invite any of my fellow Democrats to do the same.

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