Birdwell denies double voting, suggests confusion with sibling
State Sen. Brian Birdwell told the Texas Tribune on Wednesday that he didn’t vote twice in the 2004 elections and disputed the Texas and Virginia records that say he did.
Birdwell’s voting records were the subject of a report Wednesday by the Texas Tribune that was reprinted by the American-Statesman.
Birdwell, R-Granbury, said that errant record-keeping in Tarrant County might explain how Texas and Virginia both listed him as having voted on Nov. 2, 2004.
“Let me be crystal clear: I have never, ever voted twice in the same election, and that charge is particularly offensive to a soldier who holds the voting process as honored and sacred,” Birdwell said in a statement to the Tribune. “Basically, this news story would have people believe that on Election Day in 2004, I voted in Virginia, then got on a plane and flew to Texas so I could cast a second vote for George W. Bush. I did not.”
Birdwell said he and his brother have similar names: Brian Douglas Birdwell and Douglas Todd Birdwell.
“Because of the similarity of our names, I believe there was an incorrect coding of which brother actually voted in person in Texas on Nov. 2, 2004,” Birdwell said. “My brother knows that he did vote in the general election in 2004 but the reports indicate that he did not.”
Birdwell did not address residency questions raised by the Tribune. By voting in the November 2006 election in Virginia, he may have run afoul of a requirement that he live in Texas for five years to be eligible to be a state senator.