February 2, 1997 in Nation/World

New Signs Of Illegal Votes In Dornan Loss

Associated Press
 

More than 200 non-citizens who were registered to vote by an immigrant rights group may have voted illegally in the House race in which Republican Rep. Bob Dornan lost a bid for a 10th term, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

The newspaper found that the names of 374 people who registered to vote at Hermandad Mexicana Nacional matched the names of people whom Hermandad said were not yet citizens, the Times said. Of those, the newspaper said, 220 matched the names of people who voted on Nov. 5.

The Times said there was insufficient information to determine whether the non-citizens actually voted. Many of them apparently have the same names as registered voters.

Dornan was ousted by Democratic newcomer Loretta Sanchez by fewer than 1,000 votes. He is contesting the election, claiming voter fraud.

When asked to comment on the matching names, Hermandad lawyer Mark Rosen told the Times he was no longer sure of the exact citizenship status of the people in question.

Hermandad has denied deliberately helping non-citizens register or vote, but has said some immigrants taking its citizenship classes may have done so.

In recent weeks, the district attorney’s office has seized Hermandad’s files on 434 immigrants described as still being in the process of applying for citizenship.

Hermandad has accused the Immigration and Naturalization Service of allegedly giving conflicting information to citizenship applicants.

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