AG: Voter warning linked to GOP campaign 19 minutes ago
SANTA ANA, Calif. - State investigators have linked a Republican campaign to letters sent to thousands of Orange County Hispanics warning them they could go to jail or be deported if they vote next month, a spokesman for the attorney general said.
"We have identified where we believe the mailing list was obtained," said Nathan Barankin, spokesman for Attorney General Bill Lockyer.
He declined to identify the specific Republican campaign Wednesday, citing the ongoing investigation. The Los Angeles Times and The Orange County Register both reported Thursday that the investigation appeared to be focused on the campaign of Tan D. Nguyen, a Republican challenger to Democratic U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez (news, bio, voting record).
The letter, written in Spanish, tells recipients: "You are advised that if your residence in this country is illegal or you are an immigrant, voting in a federal election is a crime that could result in jail time."
In fact, immigrants who are naturalized U.S. citizens can vote.
Complaints about the letters this week prompted state and federal investigations, and Barankin said investigators had been questioning people in Orange County.
The two newspapers reported state investigators had found the location where the letters were printed and mailed to an estimated 14,000 Democratic voters in central Orange County. The Los Angeles Times, citing an unnamed source, said authorities had interviewed Nguyen at his office.
Nguyen did not return messages left by The Associated Press or either newspaper.
"You are advised that if your residence in this country is illegal or you are an immigrant, voting in a federal election is a crime that could result in jail time."
This letter is horrible but you are misinterpreting its contents. The word IF is the operative word here and one would assume that hispanics know they cannot vote if they are here illegally or if they are not US Citizens. Its almost as if this letter is pointless becasue if someone who shows up to vote that is not authorized or registered, they cannot.
BMAN, just let me ask you this question/hypothetical, since you brought up what I assume is your point of making people afraid to vote/express their views:
Would my car more likely be keyed or marked up if:
a) my car, which contained a Kerry bumber sticker, was parked in a predominantly Conservative neighborhood
b) my car, which contained a Bush bumper stickers, was parked in a predominantly liberal neighborhood
Last edited by mallamalla; 10-19-2006 at 11:33 AM.