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Arriving soon in the mailboxes of about 10.6 million California voter households: a pledge from suspended state Sen. Leland Yee to fight corruption.

Yee, indicted earlier this month on corruption and conspiracy charges, paid for a 251-word (at $25-a-word) statement touting his secretary of state candidacy in the voter information guides that began going out Thursday for the June 3 primary..

Yee withdrew from the race shortly after his March 26 arrest — after he had already qualified for the ballot. The San Francisco Democrat's name will be among voters' eight choices for the state's top elections post.

In his candidate statement, Yee plugs his legislation that legalized online voter registration and includes a link to a still-active Yee website,, allowing people to register. He also notes that he possesses a "common sense law enforcement record."

"Under the Constitution, the Secretary of State's job is to empower Californians to govern California, to guarantee fair elections, expose special interests, and prevent corruption," Yee concludes. "I am the Democrat who will represent everyone. I hope to be your Secretary of State."

Editor's note: This post was updated at 5 p.m. April 25 to include the number of voter information guides that will be mailed out by the secretary of state's office.

PHOTO: The home page of, a website mentioned in suspended state Sen. Leland Yee's ballot statement for secretary of state.


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