30 October 2006

Twelve Arrested In Orange County Voter Fraud Scheme

Orange County's top prosecutor Monday defended his delay until a week before the election in outlining charges filed against a dozen people accused of switching registered Democrats to Republicans without their knowledge.

At a Santa Ana news conference, District Attorney Anthony Rackauckas, who was joined by Secretary of State Bruce McPherson, denied that politics played a role in relation to revealing details about the case.

"We were making arrests during the week and I think it's appropriate to have a press conference," Rackauckas said. "We're at a time here when, I think, voter awareness is very important. People are thinking about elections, they're thinking about the Democratic process, and I think this is a very good time to get that awareness up that voter fraud is not going to be tolerated, not in this county and not in this state."


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