Hysteria prevails again, and the L.A. Times leads the way ("Fuentes Should Resign" Nov. 13). The Times, in regurgitating the Democrat sour grapes for losing a district they carved out for themselves, alleges Latinos were intimidated by the presence of uniformed security personnel at a number of polling places and as a result decided not to vote.
That is equivalent to claiming the presence of security guards at banks discourages people from going in to make deposits.
Law-abiding people are not discouraged from doing law-abiding things by the presence of security personnel. Only non-U.S. citizens would be intimidated by their presence at polling places, if they were going to try to vote.
I worked as a volunteer in the 72nd Assembly District for 6 years. I know non-U.S. citizens are registered and do vote there. Our voter registration system is an honor system. It's assumed that if they sign the registration they are a citizen.
I believe a lot of the non-U.S. citizens that are registered to vote are innocent in that they were not told nor asked about the citizenship requirement.