LAT: GOPer Investigated for Dirty Trick

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October 19, 2006 11:57 a.m.

A California Republican House candidate is under investigation for attempting to suppress Latino turn out at the polls, The LA Times reports.

State investigators are trying to track down the source of a mailer that recently went out to approximately 14,000 Democratic voters:

The letter, which purports to be from a Huntington Beach-based group, warns that immigrants will not be permitted to vote in the election. It also warns that the state has developed a tracking system that will allow the names of Latino voters to be handed over to anti-immigrant groups.

“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,” the letter, written in Spanish, says.

Investigators are focusing on Republican challenger Tan Nguyen, according to the Times. He’s been running a distant second to Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA). 35% of voters in the district are Latino.

Update: Nguyen has denied being behind the letter.

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