In CO, Dems Allege Threats to Latino Voters
From Roll Call
In automated and live calls, Democrats allege, Latinos have been told that their ethnicity makes them ineligible to vote in todayâs elections. The calls also threatened that Latinos would be arrested at polling places if they did attempt to vote, party sources said.
Although it remains unclear who is responsible for the calls â and how widespread the alleged intimidation is â aides to Democratic House candidate Angie Paccione said they have received two complaints today from Latinos in Weld County, which is part of the district held by GOP incumbent Rep. Marilyn Musgrave....
Oralia Ramirez, a 24-year-old resident of Gilcrest, Colo., said she received one of the automated calls, which began with a menu of party affiliations. When she pressed three for âyou donât know,â she was transferred to a person who asked her who she was voting for today and what her party affiliation was. When Sanchez responded that she was unsure, âHe asked, âAre you Hispanic, Latino, black?ââ and when she said she was a Latina, the caller said ââOh so you are Hispanic. Youâre Hispanic, so you canât vote. You arenât even registered to vote, so donât waste your time. Just by looking in my records you canât vote.â Then I just hung up.â
Salazar said the campaign has received at least one other complaint from a voter, who received a similar phone call two weeks ago in which a caller threatened the voter with arrest if he attempted to vote.