Commissioner candidate accused of election fraud

Democrats: Bruce J. Fleming voted in 2 states

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HOUSTON - The Fort Bend County District Attorney is looking into election fraud accusations against the Republican running for Precinct One County Commissioner.

Democrats have produced voting records that allegedly show 60-year-old Fort Bend County businessman Bruce J. Fleming voted in both Texas and Pennsylvania in three past elections.

According to Democrats, election records from Bucks County, Penn., show Fleming voted in three mail-in ballots in 2006, 2008, and 2010.

At the same time, records from the Fort Bend County election office show Fleming cast ballots in those same elections in Texas.

"To be honest with you, the tip was Mr. Fleming had bragged to Rick Miller that he had voted twice against Barack Obama," said Don Bankston of the Texas State Democratic Party.

The county's elections director obtained voting documents from Pennsylvania on Tuesday. The documents have been turned over to the Fort Bend County District Attorney for investigation.

Bruce Fleming has been unavailable for comment.

Fort Bend County Republican Chairman Mike Gibson said the charges are very serious and that the party is conducting it's own investigation.

Gibson said regardless of what any of the on-going investigations turn up, by law, Fleming's name must remain on the ballot since the ballots have already been printed and certified.

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