So Yesterday Frank Barbaro held his press conference where he called attention to what the Registrar has (not) been doing in regards to the malicious voter registration fraud that was conducted on behalf of the Orange County Republican Party.
Rumor has it that the turnout was depressingÃ¢â‚¬Â¦looks like theliberaloc.com isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t effective as a muckraking call-to-action blog just yet.
Then I get this press release from The Orange County RegistrarÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s office. And when I read it, I kind of get the feeling that thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s something going on under the surface here; I sense that KelleyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a little defensive. So I called up KelleyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s communicationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s director, Brett Rowley, to shoot the shit:
Me: Hey Brett, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Mike from TheLiberalOC.com
Me: Hey, look, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m just getting ready to post a little something about the release you guys put out yesterday.
Me: To me, it looks like thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s this back and forthÃ¢â‚¬Â¦and perhaps IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m reading into it a little too much, but I sense a little animosity.
Brett: Nope. We get along great. We actually participated in their news conference yesterday.
Me: Yeah, I wish I could have made it. What was the turn out like?
Brett: There were three cameras.
Me: Um. How about humans?
Brett: I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t count.
Me: That bad?
I begged Brett to guess how many humans were in attendance and he guessed 8. Ouch.
There is one small piece of KelleyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s memo that is worth mentioning here, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the 7th bullet point:
Voters that disagree with their party designation when they arrive at the polls will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot for the party of their choice. The Registrar of Voters has determined the range of registration forms (they are tracked by number) and will count the entire provisional ballot for voters that had a party designation issue.
So listen, reluctant voters, you cannot use Ã¢â‚¬Å“Well, I think the Republican Party screwed up my registration, so I wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t go out and voteÃ¢â‚¬Â as an excuse. Not this time.