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From: The OCEA
A Fox in the Henhouse: Political operative convicted of election fraud now overseeing County elections
Despite being convicted of election fraud, a longtime insider and ally of politicians on the Orange County Board of Supervisors has recently been appointed to oversee the County’s elections office.
Longtime political operative Mark Denny, who is the County’s Chief Operating Officer, is now responsible for the Orange County Registrar of Voters office, a nonpartisan County office charged with administering elections and ensuring the public’s access to campaign finance disclosures. Denny pleaded guilty to election fraud in March 1996 in connection with a Republican scheme to manipulate the ballot in an Assembly District election, according to a Los Angeles Times report. He was placed on three years of probation. Continue reading