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Liberty Belle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 09:52 PM
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Activist arrested for registering voters at Occupy San Diego - need legal expert
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Edited on Tue Nov-29-11 09:54 PM by Liberty Belle
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego police arrested Ray Lutz, a former congressional candidate who is active in the Occupy San Diego movement, Tuesday afternoon after he set up and sat down at a voter registration table at Civic Center Plaza Tuesday afternoon. Officers making the arrest said he was cited for trespassing and refusing to leave.


I'm a journalist in San Diego. I need to interview anyone with expertise on registering voters in California. The cops just arrested the former Democratic Congressional candidate from our area for "trespassing." He was registering voters, seated at a table, in the Civic Center Plaza near Occupy San Diego. Police also took the voter registration forms.

This is public property. From what I understand, nobody else was arrested at this time -- the occupy protesters were left alone and only the man registering voters, Ray Lutz, was arrested.

My understanding is that you are legally allowed to register voters on public property, or even nonpublic property open to the public (ie shopping malls). You cannot be arrested unless you are blocking a walkway or doorway, or violate some other law.

There is a video of the arrest here: /

I would appreciate a PM from any legal experts in CA or experts on voter registration laws. Was this an illegal arrest?
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