FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 17, 2006
STATEMENT OF DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF ORANGE COUNTY
ON VOTER INTIMIDATION
Contact: Mike Levin, Executive Director, (714) 835-2122, firstname.lastname@example.org
Recently, a Spanish-language letter from the Ã¢â‚¬Å“California Coalition for Immigration ReformÃ¢â‚¬Â was received by Latino voters in Orange County, warning them that only United States citizens are permitted to vote, that voting by non-citizens is a deportable offense, and that immigration restriction organizations have access to a federal computer database of properly registered voters.
Worse, when translated, it is clear that the letter advises that all Ã¢â‚¬Å“immigrantsÃ¢â‚¬Â cannot vote, whether they be naturalized citizens or not.
We believe the letter to be violative of both the Voting Rights Act and the California Elections Code. We demand a full investigation by both Attorney General Bill Lockyer and District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, which shall include:
Identifying the individual(s) responsible for the permit to mail this letter, as well as the organization behind its content.
Ascertaining the number of letters sent, and to whom they were sent within the County. For example, were Democrats targeted exclusively, or did all voters with Latino-sounding surnames receive the letter?
We also have reason to believe that there are those who desire to further suppress voter turnout this November 7. In an attempt to combat this activity, we will be hosting a comprehensive training for attorneys, candidates, and other interested individuals at the date and time below. This training will provide information on how to make sure all votes are counted this election day.
Protect the Vote 2006
Saturday, October 21
3:30 pm Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 5:30 pm
Democratic Party of Orange County
200 N. Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92701
If you would like to attend the training, please call Susan Freeze at (714) 835-2122 or click here.
Finally, we demand that those individuals responsible for this letter and similar efforts to suppress voter turnout be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Many of these individuals are identifiable, and they must be stopped immediately.
As Democrats in Orange County, we will not be intimidated.
Frank Barbaro, Chair
Rima Nashashibi, Vice Chair