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December 15, 1990 | BILL STALL, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Republican Sen. Pete Wilson officially won the governorship of California on Nov. 6, defeating Democrat Dianne Feinstein by 266,707 votes out of more than 7.5 million cast, a victory margin of 3.5%, Secretary of State March Fong Eu announced Friday. Republican Dan Lungren edged Democrat Arlo Smith for state attorney general by just 28,906 votes in one of the closest statewide elections in recent California history. Smith actually topped Lungren in the vote cast at the polls Election Day.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1991
Absentee ballots made the difference for Pomona Councilwoman Nell Soto, who won reelection Tuesday despite losing among voters who cast their ballots at the polls. Soto defeated teacher Bob Jackson by a vote of 782 to 716 even though she was trailing Jackson by 74 votes before absentee ballots were counted late Tuesday night. More than one-fourth of the votes in the election were cast by absentee ballot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1990 | BOB SCHWARTZ and PAUL FELDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
County workers began tabulating about 50,000 outstanding absentee ballots from the Nov. 6 election Friday, after lawyers for Democratic attorney general candidate Arlo Smith dropped their demand that the vote count be halted. County Registrar of Voters Donald Tanney said his staff would immediately begin processing the ballots in the same manner they previously were tallied. Officials hoped to have the count completed by Tuesday and certified the following week.
NEWS
January 26, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Stanislaus County, which had the highest absentee voting rate in California in the November, 1988, elections, wants to conduct the next general election almost entirely by mail. The unusual proposal, expected to be approved by county supervisors, calls for closing 210 of the 230 polling places and using mail-in ballots instead. At the remaining 20 polls, voting machines would be replaced on Election Day with drop-off boxes where late voters could deposit completed forms.
NATIONAL
September 22, 2004 | From Reuters
Some Americans overseas are being denied access to a Pentagon-run website, intended to make it easier for them to vote by absentee ballot, because of security measures to thwart hackers, the Pentagon said Tuesday. The Federal Voting Assistance Program's website offers U.S. military personnel and American civilians living abroad information about voting by absentee ballot in the Nov. 2 election.
NEWS
November 6, 2000 | From Associated Press
A record 3.2 million Californians have requested absentee ballots for Tuesday's election, which could leave the results of close races throughout the state in doubt for days or even weeks. More than 1 million of those absentee ballots, or nearly 10% of the 12 million votes expected in California, will not be counted on election night, according to county election officials surveyed by Associated Press.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1988 | TED VOLLMER, Times Staff Writer
California Secretary of State March Fong Eu on Friday asked City Atty. James K. Hahn to investigate what she said is a faulty absentee ballot form distributed on behalf of the campaign for the Los Angeles pro-drilling measure, Proposition P. Eu, the state's top election official, said in a letter to Hahn, "I believe that (there) is evidence sufficient to support a successful prosecution."
NEWS
November 16, 2000 | ERIC BAILEY and SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
At least one thing is undisputed in the nation's fractious and drawn-out presidential election: upward of 1,850 Florida absentee ballots from overseas military personnel and expatriates will be tabulated Friday by election officials across the state, and their impact will be huge. While the election has been fought on a far bigger battlefield, with about 104 million votes cast, the relative handful of late-arriving overseas absentee ballots loom large, with Texas Gov. George W.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2004 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley responded to criticism from local registrars of voters Thursday by withdrawing his plan to mail 3.75 million letters to registered voters encouraging them to become permanent absentee voters. The decision comes after Shelley's office spent $230,000 to print the letters. Some county registrars were unhappy with the planned mailing because they thought it would duplicate their efforts to encourage absentee voting.
NEWS
December 11, 1990 | BOB SCHWARTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County judge Monday denied Democrat Arlo Smith's last-ditch effort to invalidate more than 1 million absentee ballots crucial to last month's election for state attorney general, which GOP candidate Dan Lungren won by a scant 0.2% margin. The decision removes the last cloud hanging over Lungren's apparent victory in time for the secretary of state's certification of the election, scheduled for Dec. 14.
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