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Veteran Latino-rights advocate charged with voter fraud

Felony charges have been filed and an arrest warrant issued for a well-known Orange County political activist suspected of committing election and voter registration fraud, the California secretary of State's office announced Wednesday.

Investigators in the agency's election-fraud unit said Nativo V. Lopez, 57, of Santa Ana leased office space in Boyle Heights and registered to vote using that address although he lived with his family in Orange County. They also say Lopez, president of the Mexican American Political Assn., cast an illegal ballot in L.A. in the 2008 presidential primary.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office, which is working with the secretary of State, charged Lopez with four felonies: fraudulent voter registration, fraudulent document filing, perjury and fraudulent voting. A warrant was issued for his arrest and bail was set at $10,000. The offenses carry penalties of up to three years in prison.

Lopez is a longtime Latino political-rights advocate in Orange County who served on the Santa Ana school board. Lopez has been a vocal advocate for Latino voting rights and supported immigrant amnesty and allowing undocumented workers to have driver's licenses. He could not immediately be reached for comment.

In 1997, the Orange County district attorney opened a criminal investigation into allegations that a group in which Lopez was a leader registered some clients to vote before they took the oath of citizenship. No criminal charges were brought, and Lopez demanded an apology from critics.

-- Dan Weikel and Shelby Grad

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How many more MILLIONS of illegal aliens vote in our elections?



The comment by Jose was moderated? How hate-filled does a post have to be before you block it?

Dear Jose,

Where, exactly, in the article did they say Lopez was an immigrant? Or did you just assume he was because of his last name, Jose?

The USA has no place for racism, please leave the USA.

Jose, this story was about one individual. why do you rail against "these people"? there is no evidence that millions of undocumented Americans voted in our elections.

this is not the place for an immigration debate. let's look at the targeting of a political enemy for a federal crime that in reality is insignificant. this reminds me of mumia abu-jamal, the black activist. nativo lopez is being prosecuted for his political work to empower latinos, not for voting twice. the issue isn't whether he did it, it's if he was under surveillance because of his beliefs and lawful practices that enabled the federal investigators to watch him for years for anything they could nail him to the wall on.

If convicted, will that take away his right to vote and run for office?

Wait, how did you get anything about illegal immigrants voting from that article? Go spew your hatred somewhere else. This was a legal citizen who did something wrong here. If anything, you should be angry with the system failing us responsible voters by allowing such an over sight.

the is obviously no respect for the law with many of these activists. Lopez has been out in left field for many years, and finally stepped over the line. To he and his associates, the means justifies the end.

It is the duty of our elected officials to enforce the law; no more, no less. the law is clear. We need to have a simple ID check for voting.

This smells of racism. It would seem a letter would have been sufficient, a phone call. Our Republican District Attorney should look into this right away or we should begin a recall petition on him right away. Don't mess with our voting rights.
The DA is no dummy, he knows this will stir up the hate mongerers who are murderers, thugs, private and corporate.

Nativo is one of the foremost immigrant rights activists in our nation, Boyle Heights and surrounding areas could be the greatest concentration of immigrants in the nation along with Queens. I can understand why he would want to focus his political work in that area. Any community he would want to focus for his work would benefit, Boyle Heights especially. I can understand the laws. I would imagine all kinds of people in Rancho Palos Verdes live elsewhere mostly but vote there, maybe the DA should start dragnet raids there. But there the voter fraud is worst I imagine in campaign contributions, probably to our DA.!

Defend Nativo!
Recall the DA!

This guy Lopez is a traitor to this country.
Send him to Mexico along with all the other illegals.
It is time to save this country NOW!!

I'm not surprise something like this happened. Nativo is a racist individual. I wonder if he is Legal to be here in the first place. If he's a naturalized citizen, it should be revoke. obviously, he's doesn't care about America, all he cares about is getting HIS people all the previleges the US citizens enjoy. He's an agent of Mexico or where ever his root is. I hope he go to prison.

I must say that it is about time that some one, any one, took voter fraud seriously here in the US? At this very hour people are being rounded up shot and killed in Iran for their right to vote.
Why do others seem to think they have such a right so as to viloate US law with respect to citizenship and the thresholds of legal votes if not to subvert the will of the people?

Jose's xenophobic and hysterical comments are laughable. If we are a nation of laws, Mr. Lopez is presumed to be innocent unless convicted. All serious and legitimate research conducted to ascertain whether or not undocumented workers contribute more, or extract services, from Los Angeles and elsewhere suggests that their paying of sales taxes contributes to the tax base, their inability to receive welfare, unemployment benefits, and other social benefits helps the average American worker at the expense of the undocumented. Their cheap labor helps build Los Angeles and America.

I've seen this kind of scandal break before with all sorts of allegations against a very hard working activist and often it is motivated by some very reactionary conservatives that are out to discredit the hard work of the individual. registering people vefore they took the oath of citizenship is sometimes been done when the persons will be taking the oath before the next election. If he is registered in more than one place at the same time then I would consider it immoral but if he is spending most of his time in Boyle Heights and is only registered there I have no problem with it.

Typicle GOP backlash.
Jacoby and Young Political Majors was hired by the California Republican Party to head up their voter registration efforts in the state. Jacoby had been arrested for Voter Registration Fraud last October, smack dab during the media's orgasmic heights of last year's phony GOP ACORN "Voter Fraud" hoax, even as Fox "News" (and the other news outlets who similarly fell for the scam) were going wall-to-wall with their unsupported insinuations about voter fraud by ACORN, Democrats and Obama.


This could be a one-stop document for citzenship verification, driver's priviledges, passport, and if we become so fortunate, to enable our ability to see a doctor via a national healthcare system!

I'm a Latino and a political independent. I agree with Jose. Ship out the illegals. This is relevant to this story because MAPA is all about empowering immigrants - many of whom are here illegally and do not integrate into American society by quickly learning English, obeying U.S. rules and seeking legal citizenship.

More and more we are seeing LA become a suburb of Mexico.

This Mexican Mafia corrupt politics that run much of South and East LA is not needed or wanted here.

I hope they throw his sorry arse in prison.

US of A is a Mestizo Nation. Get over it!

Hey, homies. Lay off Lopez. He's just doing things the way we do down Mexico way. Nobody's looking eh?
Just take a little bit homz.... un poquito mordita solamente.

the gringos don't understand

I am in total agreement with "Jose". Also, the majority of hispanics in this country are racist. They are only concerned with the betterment of "La Raiza". If you choose to leave your country and take residence in another, it would only make sense that you learn the language at the very least, and not expect to be catered to in "your" language. They seem to have a problem with every race except their own. Can't get along with Whites, Blacks, Armenians or Asians, etc. What's the problem? If you come here, expect to encounter different nationalities, and govern yourselves accordingly. Or theres always mexico...

Before we light the torches, sharpen the pitchforks, dust off the noose and head off to Nativo's house, let's review a little bit of recent history:

This land was inhabited by NATIVE PEOPLE FIRST!

The REST OF YOU are here Illegally. So If anybody should leave or go back to where they came from, let's start with the descendants of the first intruders.

California love it or leave it!

Now lets go after the Congresswomen Sanchez sisters in Orange County for the voter fraud they perpetrated to get elected.

What do you say now "Larry" I hope ICE grabs you and deports your sorry mojado arse back to Mexico after you spent three years in la pinta.

Wow, some people are itching to jump on illegal immigrants. However, when you criticize illegal immigrants, keep in mind that Mexicans are native to California. For those of you who do not know, Mexico lost California in the Mexican American war. And granted, The United Sates has done more with California than Mexico would have ever done, but that does not excuse the fact that we Mexicans are native to this land.

I have to agree with Zorro1x on some level. My parents have been in the U.S for more than 40 years. As immigrants, they embraced American culture, became citizens and are proud to be Americans. Growing up we embraced our Mexican culture but did not flaunt it in everyone’s face. No Mexican flag on my fathers truck, no harassing the neighbors with extra loud banda music. We were raised to embrace both our American and Mexican cultures. However, I have come to realize that my parents were a different breed of immigrant. Today’s immigrants appear to want to turn part of L.A into Mexico, and Central America. Never mind that they chose to leave their country for better

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