Editorial, The Orange County Register "The Orange County Board of Supervisors has seemed reluctant to tackle a potentially serious problem in one of the most important offices in the county: the Registrar of Voters. If the registrar is not operating efficiently or fairly, the public could start to question the validity of the entire election process. It would be troubling to head down that road ... Rather than deal with the problem directly, the Board of Supervisors hired ... the Houston-based Elections Center, to review the specific allegations regarding the Orange County registrar's behavior in the Capo recall fracas."
Editorial, The Orange County Register "The Elections Center is a trade group that represents registrars and election workers. Its Web site is filled with information about how hard they work, etc., so the skeptic in us thought it unlikely that the center would be too harsh with one of its own. We weren't surprised, then, by the tone or conclusions of the investigation. It confirmed problems that have been printed in the newspapers, but excused Mr. Kelley's behavior: Yes, he made mistakes, but he didn't mean to."
Editorial, The Orange County Register "David Smollar, the former district spokesman who blew the whistle on the wrongdoing, told the Register that he was told by an elections official and by a colleague in his district that Mr. Kelley was bending the rules to allow them to see the petitions. Yet Mr. Smollar said that the Elections Center never tried to contact him, despite claims by the center that it did leave messages."