Justice Department Sending Attorneys to Monitor 3rd District Election

Justice Department Sending Attorneys to Monitor 3rd District Election

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The U-S Justice Department is sending in attorneys next week to make sure everything is fair in the race for Utah's Third Congressional District.

A group said this week that it may challenge the right of some foreign-born residents to cast votes. Utah Attorney General says the suggestion amounts to intimidation.

Incumbent Chris Cannon and former state lawmaker Matt Throckmorton are battling for the district. Illegal voters have surfaced as an issue.

Cannon has been accused of encouraging illegal immigrants to vote and donate to his campaign. A spokesman for the congressman calls the allegation ridiculous.

Throckmorton says he's happy to have the Justice Department attorneys monitor the election because illegal voting has become an issue.

Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen says that in 13 years, she's never seen a case of undocumented aliens registering to vote.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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