Here is an email I received around in 2003 about this sordid tale. Its slightly old, but its good tale of political history.
A Few Facts and Facets Concerning Voter Fraud in our District
>As a former poll worker I know the box can be stuffed before or after the
>polls are open. At the election classes the instructors always stated,
>"Be sure to show the first voters an open ballot box before voting
>starts. As soon as voters arrive show them an open box. We have more
>about voters not seeing an open box in Fontana than anywhere else." Then
>in May of 1994 the instructor told us he had brought a new ballot box to
>show us. However, when he turned around, he exclaimed that the box there
>was the wrong one and the numbers didn’t agree with the request. The
>serial numbers on the box were different from the request form he had. I
>still wonder where that "new" ballot box is.
>In the past many people in Fontana have told me that the "machine" and
>the "good ole boys" decide elections and observation has shown this to be
>true. One former planning commissioner has said that the ballot boxes
>were stuffed and that he would never run for office in this city and he
>has not in the past ten years.
>In the ‘96 election two different poll workers approached one candidate to
>say they stuffed the ballot boxes for Brown and his cronies. One
>poll worker in Rialto told Brown’s office that she wanted to stuff for one
>of Brown’s cronies’ opponents and she was transferred to work in Fontana.
>It is interesting that his endorsements were often voted in or came in
>very close. In the ’94 election Brown endorsed David Eishelman, Nancy
>Hooper and Pete Oakley and they received a huge number of votes with the
>first two winning and Oakley came in first runner-up just barely losing.
>Brown lauded these three in a speech opening the Blockbuster Pavilion and
>gave them credit for helping with the Pavilion. No one I know voted for
>the two men.
>Valerie Pope-Ludlam and her opponent were in court concerning voter fraud
>and it was proven that voter fraud exists and is alive and well in San
>Bernardino County. Also two before the ’96 election NBC covered voters in
>Bob Dornan’s district who were registered more than once and interviewed
>at least two. One Oriental woman registered three times due to marriage
>and changed parties. A Hispanic registered twice because he felt he
>"deserved" to vote twice. Many new but unpapered citizens and noncitizens
>were allowed to vote.
>While doing phone calls to senior citizens I personally talked to a
>nursing home which had residents listed by bed numbers to give the
>appearance of apartments. None of the voters were able to come to the
>phone according to the nurse. I believe people vote for them.
>The Linda Wilde observers at the Voter Registration Office in San
>Bernardino saw the workers running around in Brown for Congress t-shirts
>and a few were taking boxes with "Unmarked Ballots" out of the room and
>disappearing with them on election night in 1996.
>Having worked the polls I can see the honor system having open arms to
>box stuffers with the workers paid so little and entrusted with so many
>votes. The hours are long and the rules are stringent in allowing no
>breaks from late afternoon until the polls close at 8 pm; usually workers
>put in a 15-hour or more day. From closing time until 10 pm the boxes can
>easily be stuffed and even many other times like before the polls open.
>There is also the possibility of workers at the Voter Registration Office
>stuffing boxes. Also each time the instructor urged workers to show an
>open ballot box because of complaints about voter fraud in Fontana than
>anywhere else because voters weren’t shown open boxes.
>During the 1994 campaign Rep. Brown lied concerning two areas as proven
>by the Fontana Herald and Daily Bulletin respectively. The first was
>George Brown’s claim he was endorsed by the local police association he
>listed in his campaign literature; next he listed Rancho Cucamonga Police
>Officers Association which does not exist for Rancho is patrolled by the
>sheriff’s department. Second, he stated Rob owed money for taxes and had
>liens on his home for unpaid bills; however, two of the bills were for
>another Rob Guzman at a different address in Fontana.
>The Voter Registration Office is very pro Brown. The election night of ’94
>when Liz Soto (Rob’s sister called to ask election results the woman
>answering the phone shouted, "We won. We won. George Brown won." Liz
>asked for the numbers.
>Also during the campaign Liz, Mike (Rob’s brother) and Rob all received
>threatening phone calls and noticed people following them; one time a
>dark car with a few men in it tried to run Liz off the road. Someone
>threw fire on Rob’s lawn; fortunately he was home to put it out. Liz felt
>Brown was responsible but said, "We can’t prove it." However, at no other
>time did the Guzmans have threats, danger and mysterious followers than
>during the campaign time.
>Brown opponent, Linda Wilde, and one of her friends also received phone
>threats and caller Ided them to be George Brown’s office. Wilde
>supposedly lost the election by about 1,000 votes in 1996. I believe in
>reality she won and just needs helpers willing to watch the polls and the
>voter registration office to ensure more honesty.
>Since pollworkers said they stuffed the boxes before the polls opened, in
>the ’98 election I decided to check out the Jessie Turner Center polling
>place. When they were late opening and did not show an empty box, I
>called Irma Escobar’s headquarters to report it and Carolyn Preschern
>told me to call Voter Registration Office and report it. The line was
>always busy. That night my son and I checked who the last voter was and
>his number. The last voter was Walter Culver. I checked the next couple
>of days to see how many votes were cast at the Center but the V. R.
>Office kept saying it did not have any totals for the polling places.
>Therefore, I could not check the totals to see if the box was stuffed
>after they closed as some workers had stated.
>There must be true concern by voters to assure that votes count. At least
>checking the polling places show an empty box when they open. A couple of
>hours once every two years is a small price to pay for true freedom and
>In 1999 Irma Escobar had a number of the ladies in her Republican Club
>complain that they requested absentee ballots and never received them.
>That same election which was a special runoff to replace the late George
>Brown Elia Pirozzi had an active absentee ballot campaign. However, the
>small percentage of returns was devastating and Elia discovered that many
>seniors whose ballots were not received had had someone come and pick
>them up but never deliver them to the Voter Registration Office. So a
>number of voters were not counted. There are so many deceivers and
>deceitful ways that the true wishes of the voters are not prevalent.
>Irma also after visiting Fontana Women’s Club was cheered by the ladies
>and one gal, Myrt, shouted out, "Honey, we’ll stuff the boxes for you."
>Bea Watson was rather embarrassed and quipped that she was just joking.