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Voter Records To Be Reviewed In Dornan Race

Sun., March 16, 1997, midnight

The state will review the records of 1.3 million registered voters in Orange County, the latest fallout from claims by former U.S. Rep. Robert Dornan that voter fraud cost him re-election.

Secretary of State Bill Jones ordered the review, which will cover residents registered to vote last November. Dornan, a nine-term Republican, lost to Democratic newcomer Loretta Sanchez by fewer than 1,000 votes.

“Substantial probable cause now exists to examine the integrity of the entire Orange County voter registration file,” Jones wrote Friday in a letter to the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Steve Jost, chief of staff for Sanchez, attacked the review as a Republican witch hunt.

Dornan claims Sanchez supporters illegally registered non-citizens for the election in the 46th Congressional District.

An Orange County Hispanic activist group, Hermandad Mexicana Nacional, is under state and county investigation into allegations it illegally registered people to vote who had not yet become citizens.

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