In an update to a story BJP first reported on October 14th titled “When election results have to come out the way a developer & bond counsel want it to—who they gonna call?” BJP can report a fourth outbreak of potential Rent-A-Voter has been confirmed–this time in Fort Bend County.
The Rent-A-Voter phenomenon was first observed this election cycle in Conroe, Texas and it all started when Friendswood Development Corporation sent Michael Johnson to present plans for a new community and the formation of a new MC MUD 148 to Conroe City Council.
A MC MUD where two voters were poised to approve $500 million in bond debt and the tax rate to be levied on future homeowners—
Through the mailing address on their Montgomery County voter registration information and the MC MUD 148 Temporary Voter Trailer Building Permit, the voters were linked to the 20615 Marilyn Lane, Spring, Texas address of Stingray Services.
At the time of the October 14th story Stingray Services boasted on their website:
“Stingray Services specializes in providing turn-key voter trailer installation services and election services. We have completed over 70 trailer installations in Texas over the last 10 years and have supported nearly 100 elections.
We locate residents, perform landlord services support residents in changing their license and voter registration and assist with the district election. We have worked with a host of major developers and engineers including Lennar, Toll Brothers, Friendswood, Land Tejas, Taylor Morrison, Pate Engineers, Brown & Gay—to name just a few.”
As of today though the Stingray Services website no longer contains their —ahem—extensive resume.
As for the outbreak of potential Rent-A-Voter in Fort Bend County, Fort Bend County Election Central’s website reported the results of a Proposition II-Proposed Williams Ranch MUD 1 election where two registered voters were poised to approve almost $134 million in bonds, the tax rate to levy on future property owners and the four MUD directors.
Records obtained from Fort Bend Election Central identified the mailing address of the two registered voters in the Proposed Williams Ranch MUD 1 election to be 20615 Marilyn Lane, Spring, Texas.
Which is the address of Stingray Services.
A second potential Rent-A-Voter citing was associated with the formation of MC MUD 132 and the third potential citing of Rent-A-Voter was associated with the formation of MC MUD 142.
Exit question—if former Dallas County JP Carlos Medranos was sentenced to jail for inducing family members to move to addresses long owned by that family to vote for him in a tight election, how do Stingray Services and Stingray Elections LLC get to neatly package the same concept and actions into a business without so much as the bat of an eye?
And if The Woodlands RUD voters had owned a Rent-A-Voter service business would they have been prosecuted with the zeal and government force of the Texas Attorney General’s office?
Rent-A-Voter has been covered by the Houston Chronicle, ABC13, Raging Elephants Radio, and the Austin American Statesman.