Sunday, September 24, 2006

Negligent OC Registrar Will Run November Election, Citizens Angry (Video News Blogs 10-12 min)

Orange County, CA. Watch angry citizen campaign leaders describe what the Voter Registrar Neal Kelly did wrong to two separate campaigns. Now, according to widespread news reports the Los Angeles Times article stated "The report found that Kelley allowed school district officials to view signature petitions in violation of state law — an error Kelley previously admitted — and erred when he told district officials that signature verification and a special recall election would cost the district hundreds of thousands of dollars". So now he has been found negligent in his handling of the CUSD Recall petition campaign in a report commissioned by the Board of Supervisors and is bracing for an unprecedented and growing onslaught of criticism, as he has been entrusted to run the November elections. Read the full report here.

In two short Full Disclosure Video News Blogs, citizens document the many complaints against the Registrar cited during the campaign.
  • First view this 12 minute FREE video on the CUSD Recall irregularities at the URL:
  • Second view this ten-minute video news blog, the Full Disclosure Network™ of interviews with a cavalcade of angry citizens who say the OC Registrar has provided them with faulty voter registration data, undermining their confidence in the ability of the County to conduct accurate or fair elections. The FREE video news blog is available for viewing at the URL: “On Demand” 24/7 as a public service of the Full Disclosure Network™.


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.


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.


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.

Hosted by Leslie Dutton, Full Disclosure™ is a public affairs television program that is billed as “the news behind the news” and featured on 43 cable systems and the worldwide Internet website In 2002 the program was presented with a public affairs Emmy Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences entitled “L.A.’s War Against Terrorism”. Channels and airtimes can be found on the website.

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