In a letter to Mr. Justin Weinstein-Tull of the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department in Washington D.C. dated September 3, 2010 Mr. Gustavo José Rivera says that he is a candidate for the office of State Senator in New York’s 33rd State Senate District. He writes to request that the U.S. Department of Justice
send federal election observers to the 33rd Senate District, in Bronx County, New York on Primary Election Day, September 14, 2010.
Mr. Rivera mentions that there has been a pattern of intimidation to people who signed Mr. Rivera's petition of Hispanic origin to outright threats by a staff member of Senator Pedro Espada Jr. to Mr. Rivera's campaign workers at the Bronx Board of Elections.
The letter goes on to say that this year new voting machines will be used, and it is expected that in the 33rd senate district minimal information have gotten to the voters on how these new voting machine operate.
Mr. Rivera adds in the letter that the incumbent Pedro Espada Jr. is under investigation by the Bronx District Attorney, New york State Attorney General, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
In closing there is another request that federal observers cover the 33rd State Senate District.
To see the entire letter go to http://www.scribd.com/doc/36867726/Jgr-Doj-Letter