Election Judge, Anne Beckett, Threatened with Criminal Prosecution (Travis County Board of Elections)Submitted by Dr.K.Research on Tue, 07/17/2012 - 19:03
On Wednesday July 11, 2012, while at home, Ms. Beckett received an unexpected call. The land line showed “Travis County,” and guess who was on the phone? It was none other than the head of Travis County Board of Elections, Dana DeBeauvois. The County Clerk, Ms. DeBeauvois started the conversation by saying the incredible: that she was calling to “warn” her that she was the “subject of a criminal investigation into the breaking of election law.”
She alluded that Ms. Beckett broke election law by saying what what she saw. DeBeauvois then said, “Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans want you as their judge.” Intimidation, anyone?
In particular, DeBeauvois said that her “method of tallying votes was questionable.” Yet, according to Ms. Beckett she didn’t specifically tally votes, only making a note of those who either offered a vote for Paul or other information on their own. She only asked what she was required to ask. Regardless, the tone of the conversation from the Clerk bespeaks of intimidation, and that is precisely what Ms. Beckett felt.
Beckett responded by saying that she did not make note of any names, breaking none of the procedures and laws. Specifically, Ms. Beckett said, when threatened with this, “That’s OK, because I didn’t do anything wrong.” She also added that if anyone should be subjected to investigation, it should be “the other judges, because they did break rules.”
In fact, Beckett had already informed the Board of Elections of rule breaking by other sitting judges. She also issued a warning on election-day to the presiding Democratic judge, who pushed her aside and broke the rules regardless.
The specific rules violated by this judge were as follows:
• providing information on other voters, who had arrived; in other words, letting other voters know whether others had come in or not; that completely taboo
• spending hour-upon-hour texting and emailing from a smart phone, which is completely prohibited; this is despite the fact that this judge had put up a sign in the poll, saying “No Cell Phones or Other Electronic Devices Beyond this Point.”
The Republican judge also violated the rules. While books are allowed, again, electronic devices, which are connected to the Internet, are protected for security purposes. Yet, this judge was her I-Pad for nearly the entire poll. She stayed at a distant table and remained fixed on the Internet. Later, she admitted to Ms. Beckett, that she had “spent the day on ABC news.” This would indicate that she could well have been posting on the Internet as well, another prohibition.
Back to the phone call. BeBeauvois also threw out another threatening statement, claiming that the complaint was sent to the “county prosecutor.” The point she made was that she wanted to “warn” Ms. Beckett to expect a call from the prosecutor.
This was disconcerting to say the least. In fact, according to Ms. Beckett she was shaking in nervousness all day, in fact, for three days. Furthermore, she felt so intimidated that she has virtually not left her house since.
It appears that Ms. Beckett, from the facts listed, has a whistle-blower case.
Correction: She has just received by email a notice not to appear any longer as election judge.
Enter Richard Gilbert. Mr. Gilbert took an interest in this dilemma and immediately fired off a letter, sending it direct to the County Prosecutor.
It is hoped that she will be protected by this action; she has received no further communication, other than an email (in just now) dismissing her as election judge.
Mr. Gilbert has advised her not to appear at any county board functions without a police escort due to the nature of the threats against her.
Ms. Beckett maintains that the total vote counts for Travis County remain suspect. She looks forward for all political activists to continue their vigilance on monitoring and confirming the votes.
At the end of the conversation she told the Clerk the following:
“When I was at the polls, I was thrilled at how well it appeared Ron Paul did,” based upon information volunteered to her, “and I was shocked to come home and read the opposite.”
Beckett also asked about the other judges, because, she reported, “they did break rules.” The response was, “Yes, they are also under investigation.”
Regarding a whistle-blower case it must be kept in mind that on that day Beckett was a paid county employee. Thus, she could well have a legitimate case.
Under the advice of attorney she has filed a police report for federal witness intimidation.
THE TEXT of the letter is here (sent to the 'prosecutor'):
Dear Mr. Bradford:
State with specificity what acts Anne Becket did to support the claim she committed any crime by noon tomorrow.
You should know that it is a Felony crime to harrass a Plaintiff to a Federal Case or to harrass a Delegate to a National Convention.
If You fail to timely respond I will deem it your admission that your office should be named as Defendants.