West Covina mayor alleges voter fraud

first_imgWEST COVINA – Mayor Mike Touhey accused Councilman Roger Hernandez’s campaign manager of voter fraud Friday for registering to vote out of Hernandez’s West Covina home while living in Los Angeles. The campaign manager, Paz Oliverez, acknowledged Friday changing her voter registration to West Covina from her actual home address in Hollywood. “I thought you could vote anywhere, because when I went to college I voted there, even though I was still living at my parents’ house,” she said. “It was a mistake on my part. If it is that big an issue, I won’t vote. I did not vote absentee yet out of West Covina.” Oliverez called Touhey’s accusation “just one more dirty trick” to try to damage Hernandez’s reputation before Tuesday’s election. West Covina police forwarded their complaints to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for independent investigation. West Covina Police Chief Frank Wills has described as preposterous Hernandez’s claim of a police role in a political conspiracy orchestrated by the mayor. According to the L.A. County Registrar’s office, Oliverez listed Hernandez’s address on her most recent voter registration form. Registering at a location other than one’s place of residence is illegal under federal election laws, said Marcia Ventura, a spokeswoman for the registrar’s office. “What is listed in a voter registration form is done so under penalty of perjury,” said Ventura. “If someone brought this to our attention, we would refer it to the DA’s Voter Integrity Unit.” The penalty for perjury in California is up to four years in state prison, according to the state penal code. Touhey said he requested the voter registration status after reading in Oliverez’s formal complaint to the West Covina police that she was “home alone” at Hernandez’s condominium before police arrived to investigate last week’s complaint. “But she gave the police her Leland Way address” in the police report, Touhey said. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“He is fishing for anything,” Oliverez said. Oliverez, who is listed on Hernandez’s campaign disclosure forms as a consultant, gave police her Leland Avenue address in Los Angeles when officers responded Oct. 26 to a neighbor’s call of possible domestic violence at the councilman’s Kauai Street condominium. Hernandez was hostile and threatening to officers responding to the nonemergency call, police said. One officer reached for his Taser when the councilman attempted to close a garage door on the officer, according to the police report. Hernandez and Oliverez have denied any argument occurred in the residence. They have filed complaints with West Covina police, claiming the officers’ actions were politically motivated and driven by Touhey. last_img

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