Orange County, CA. In a ten-minute video news blog, the Full Disclosure Network® has videotaped interviews with a cavalcade of angry citizens who say the OC Registrar provided them with faulty voter registration data, undermining their confidence in the ability of the County to conduct accurate or fair elections. This FREE video news blog is available for viewing “On Demand” 24/7 as a public service of the Full Disclosure Network®.
This video news blog is being re-released on the Internet as the OC Registrar is bracing for an unprecedented and growing onslaught of criticism. The complaints that are certain to come, following the outcome of the Board of Supervisors investigation that found Registrar Neal Kelly to be negligent in the CUSD Recall petition drive. The Orange County voter registration database became the focal point of complaints from citizen groups throughout South Orange County earlier this year.
CITIZENS WORRY OVER CORRUPTED DATABASE
Appearing in the video are representatives from the “Newporters for Responsible Government” (NRG) Spokesman John Buttolph, Campaign Organizer Tom Billings, and Initiative Coordinator Liz Vitale. The NRG group describes a corrupted voter registration database that was provided to them by the Voter Registrar’s Office that caused confusion and delay on their signature gathering. The group is attempting to qualify an initiative in the City of Newport Beach that would mandate voter approval on COPs (Certificate of Participation Bonds) to finance public projects. NRG expressed concerns in two letters to the Registrar, requesting fairness be exercised when validating their petitions and signatures.
CUSD RECALL CAMPAIGN AGREES
Also in the video, corruption of the voter database was substantiated by leaders of the CUSD Recall Campaign; Tom Russell, Spokesman and Jennifer Beall, campaign organizer, who describe in the video the similar problems they encountered with the Orange County Registrar’s office. In December of 2005, the Registrar invalidated a high percentage of voter signatures declaring the petitions did not qualify to recall all seven CUSD Trustees.
OC REGISTRAR/COUNTY COUNSEL REFUSE TO COMMENT
When contacted for a statement and explanation Acting OC Registrar Neal Kelly refused to be interviewed, nor would he provide an official statement acknowledging the problems. Kelly referred the news media to the County Counsel’s office for a response and ordered his employees not to talk to the media. Senior Deputy County Counsel Ann Fletcher did provide a written statement to the Full Disclosure Network® .”the Registrar will not prepare the requested statement” and cited the Public Records Act as the authority.
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