After early voting numbers showed Clay Jenkins with a commanding lead in the three-way Democratic primary race for county judge, talk last night among the small group gathered at the Belmont Hotel supporting Judge Jim Foster focused on how the race appeared to have been won by dough (Jenkins raised approximately $500,000) and the party's political machine (Jenkins had District Attorney Craig Watkins, Commissioner John Wiley Price and others campaigning on his behalf).
Foster remained optimistic that he'd face Jenkins in a runoff once votes from the northern precincts were tallied, but it was former Dallas City Council member Larry Duncan who managed to force a runoff with Jenkins, leaving Foster to also allege voter fraud as the reason why he finished third.
He claimed that mail-in ballots have jumped from a typical 5 to 6 percent of the ballots cast in each commissioner's district to 10 to 12 percent in this election.
"At least half of those mail-in ballots, which was enough to affect the outcome of the race, I believe are fraudulent," he told Unfair Park.
Dallas County Elections Administrator Bruce Sherbet said the only suggestions of voter fraud that he's aware of are reports by KDFW-Fox 4's Shaun Rabb, one of which, Sherbet said, is being investigated by the District Attorney's Office.
"I haven't had any formal complaints come through my office," he said.
When asked who he thinks is behind the voter fraud, Foster said he doesn't think who's behind it -- he knows who's behind it. "I don't think it's appropriate until this investigation is resolved to release those names, but I know the names and organizers of the voter fraud in Dallas County. ... I know when they began to organize, and I know who they're organizing for, and all of that information will be turned over to the proper authority."
That authority is the U.S. Attorney, and Foster said the folks behind the fraud should be put behind bars. "Eventually, some of them will be. You can go to the bank on that one."
Foster said it all relates to what he's been fighting against with his investigation of the constables: corruption. "Unfortunately, there are people that can be bought in Dallas County government, and that's a shame, but, in my opinion, that's the reality of it."
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