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Fort Bend County, At Large
By Cheryl Skinner

This column expresses the personal opinions/views of the writer. If you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column, write a SIGNED letter to the editor. Name can be withheld by request with a valid day time phone number.


Hokey Pokey politics?

There seems to have been some serious dancing at the Democratic senatorial caucus last week. One of the Fort Bend Star employees, who is new to the political caucus, went to the Needville location to cast her vote for her favored candidate—Hillary Clinton. While standing in line, “somewhere between six to eight” people in front of her were trying to do the same thing—for the same candidate.

Here is where the dance gets out of step. It seems workers told these folks to “just leave it (the preference line) blank and we will fill it in for you.” They did but became suspicious when they saw people milling around the form.

Well, it turns out that those folks who had left the line blank did have the name filled in by those workers or one worker or whatever. The only problem is that, according to witnesses, the name in the line was—bet you have this one figured out already—Barrack Obama—not Hillary Clinton.

There were a number of witnesses and they tried to get something done as soon as the discovery was made—the workers didn’t immediately do anything, our sources say. So, our employee called Bev Carter, our publisher, for guidance. Bev told her to stay there until something was done to rectify the wrong or throw a hissy fit. She stayed and the end result was that someone at that location reportedly called the elections division telephone number and was advised to write “void” next to the candidate’s (Obama) name.

Well, at least the people didn’t give Obama, who they were not supporting, the vote. However, if our sources are correct, neither did these same people get to support Hillary as they intended.

Our employee says there was absolutely no doubt that the written “Obama” votes were all done by the same person and were not in the handwriting of those who had filled out the form. “It was very obviously not their handwriting and it was a long line of names. I just wonder how many pages may have had the same thing done,” she said.

Now this is hokey politics at its worst if someone doesn’t step to the plate and explain this one. The Hokey Pokey dance is entertaining—Hokey Pokey politics is not.

Stay tuned. The right foot is in and we are waiting for the left foot to come out. There will be more of this issue in the future.

And, if someone has a viable explanation for this, I welcome your input.


Contact skinnerc1@tconline.net, if you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column. Write a SIGNED letter to the editor with valid day time phone number--name can be withheld by request.

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