Ray Lutz, a former Democratic candidate for Congress and Occupy San Diego organizer, was arrested this week for setting up a voter registration table in San Diego's Civic Center plaza. The police who took him away said Mr. Lutz was trespassing.
“When they interrupt someone who is doing lawful voter registration, this is going too far,” Jess Durfee, chairman of the San Diego County Democratic Party, told ECM. Durfee raised the issue of selective enforcement, noting that for years, both Republicans and Democrats have set up registration tables and booths in the very same location each month to register new citizens after the naturalization ceremonies “Will this affect our ability to register voters?”asked Durfee, who added that he suspects Mayor Jerry Sanders is “calling the shots and having San Diego Police do these actions that are a deterrent to the Occupy movement.”
The San Diego Union-Tribune says that Mr. Lutz had set up on private property in front of a building and that a private security guard initiated a citizen's arrest.