Man arrested after trying to vote twice in Fort Bend County, officials say

RICHMOND, Texas – A man was arrested Tuesday in Fort Bend County after officials said he tried to vote twice.

According to county election officials, 62-year-old Phillip Cook, of Richmond, voted early last week at a poll in the First Colony area of Sugar Land.

Cook had returned to Great Oaks Baptist Church in the block of FM 2759 on Tuesday.

Officials said poll workers noticed that Cook appeared to have already voted, and thought that it may have been a mistake in the roll. However, when poll workers confronted him about the problem, he admitted that he was trying to vote twice to “test the system.”

A deputy who was conducting traffic control at the site arrested Cook.

He was charged illegal attempt to vote, which is a second-degree felony. Cook's court appearance is Wednesday morning as he remains in Fort Bend County Jail.