A lawsuit filed in Kaufman County this week alleges widespread voter fraud, corruption, and paid “ballot harvesting” in an election that was won by a single vote, according to reporting from InForney.com.
The lawsuit was filed by Tracy Booker Gray, who was challenging Dennis Jones in the Republican primary for County Court at Law No. 1.
The vote tally was 5,473 to 5,472, with Jones winning by a whisker.
Gray also alleges “systematic, fraudulent use of the ballot system” in the use of absentee ballots “possibly illegally facilitated by members of the [Ballot] Board,” according to InForney.com.
Gray did not respond to repeated calls for comment from The Texas Monitor.
She also claims that voter fraud took place not just in her case, but that it’s part of a wider problem, with local officials of the Ballot Board ignoring illegal voting activities and paid ballot harvesting.
Ballot harvesting is a tactic used by some campaigns to send people door-to-door and neighborhood-by-neighborhood to collect ballots from unwitting voters. This can happen more often in nursing homes, and in neighborhoods where there are many older residents.
Gray, in her lawsuit, points a finger at someone alleged to ballot harvest in Kaufman County.
“It is common knowledge in political circles since the 2006 General Election, that Brenda Prince is involved in ballot harvesting for hire in Kaufman County Elections,” states the petition.
Prince, in a phone interview with inForney.com on Tuesday, denied the allegations.
“Nobody paid me to go out and assist with voting,” she said. “If somebody did pay me, then they need to show me the money.”
“I do what I do every year, my civic duty, and none of it would affect the elections,” she said.
“I didn’t do anything illegal and was only paid to do my civic duty assisting at the polls,” she said. “I wasn’t paid by anyone for voting for anyone.”
Gray seeks a hearing to review her claims. If they are proven, she is requesting to be declared the winner in the race for Kaufman County Court at Law No. 1, or to have the court declare the election void and order a new election.
Trent Seibert can be reached at [email protected] or at 832-258-6119.