The Orange County Board of Supervisors will determine Tuesday whether county officials should send letters to 14,000 voters in response to a racially charged mailer distributed by congressional candidate Tan Nguyen, authorities said.
County Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley had planned to appear Thursday with Secretary of State Bruce McPherson to announce that the letters would be sent to correct misstatements in Nguyen's mailer. However, Kelley pulled out of the news conference after several supervisors argued that his office should not get involved, Supervisor Bill Campbell said Saturday.
"The board was in favor that the registrar of voters did not have an obligation and should not get into correcting political mail," Campbell said. "People make extravagant claims, and the role of the registrar is not of enforcement. The secretary of state has the enforcement role; our role is to run elections as even-handed as possible and to count them as accurately as possible."
Supervisor Lou Correa disagreed and requested that the board take another look at the issue Tuesday.
"This letter has been very deadly effective in doing its intended purpose, which is to make people very nervous about voting," he said. "It is outrageous; it is a crime of major proportion."