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Saturday, June 09, 2007

Review shows illegal immigrants likely voted in Bexar County

In the San Antonio Express-News:

SAN ANOTNIO (AP)(The AP can't even spell the name San Antonio correctly?--ed) -- Federal and local authorities have launched investigations after a Bexar County elections official reported dozens of non-U.S. citizens voted in recent elections.

A report by Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen included the names of 330 non-citizens on the voter rolls. Those named had received jury duty summonses but told the court they weren't eligible to serve because they were not U.S. citizens.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement, part of the Department of Homeland Security, requested Callanen's report in an administrative subpoena. And the Bexar County district attorney's office is investigating whether up to 41 of those non-citizens voted in more than a dozen local, state and federal elections since 2001.

"You bet your bottom dollar we'll prosecute ... if we find people voted illegally in violation of the state election code," Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed said.

The 330 names have since been removed from voter rolls, Callanen said.

Investigators with ICE are trying to locate and interview those named. ICE is looking into false citizenship claims, said agency spokeswoman Nina Pruneda.

Federal authorities also requested similar voter data from election officials in Harris, Tarrant and El Paso counties, Callanen said. But Pruneda, the ICE spokeswoman, declined to discuss the scope of the federal inquiry.

It wasn't immediately apparent if the questionable voting influenced the outcome of an election, Callanen said.

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