A group calling itself Grassroots For 2nd District Accountability said in a press release Monday that it is seeking charges of felony voter fraud against candidate Cindy Allen.
Allen is pitted against Robert Fox in the Long Beach runoff election for the open Second District City Council seat. Fox and his allies have claimed since the primary election that Allen's primary residence is a home in Fountain Valley, not a condo in downtown Long Beach, as Allen claims.
This group, led by Second District resident Deb Mozer, issued a press release Monday saying it had sent complaints to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Election Crime coordinator, the public corruption section of the U.S. Attorney in Central California, the California Secretary of State and Attorney General and Los Angeles County District Attorney.
"G42DA (Grassroots For 2nd District Accountability) has collected extensive evidence, filling binders, that Cindy Allen in fact has been legally domiciled in Fountain Valley, CA for most, if not all, of the last twelve years during which she has been a registered voter in the City of Long Beach," the release says. "In fact, for much of that time she even used her Fountain Valley address as her mailing address for voting materials."
Allen, a retired Long Beach police officer and entrepreneur who owns a home in Fountain Valley, has lived in Long Beach since 2008, according to records cited by the Long Beach City Clerk when the issue came up a week before the March 3 primary.
"These accusations are desperate attempts by Robert Fox’s failing campaign," Allen said Tuesday in a written statement. "They are not making any breakthroughs with voters and need to desperately change the topic from the important issues of the day and get into lies and personal attacks that have no basis in reality. These tactics failed in March and they will fail again in November. I am a resident of the Second District and have been for many years."
Candidates are required to live in the district for 30 days before the end of the nomination period, which, in this case, was Nov. 6, said Long Beach City Clerk Monique De La Garza. Garza said at the time that Allen was a qualified candidate.
Fox inched ahead of Allen in the last few updates of vote counts, with both receiving about 27% of the vote. There were seven candidates in the race to replace Jeannine Pearce, who did not run for reelection.
The letter sent to the FBI repeats many of the claims made before the primary, but says it is supported by 42 separate pieces of evidence regarding the residence issue. The letter includes a seven-page timeline the group says proves their allegations. It also raises charges of conflict of interest regarding Allen's former business ETA Advertising, which Allen said she sold before announcing her candidacy early this year.
NOTE: This story has been updated to include responses from Cindy Allen.