November 30, 1986
"The voter then gives the ballot to the election officer, who shall then remove the voter's receipt, hand it to the voter and deposit the voted ballot in the ballot box." "You must give the ballot to the election officer who will remove your receipt, give it to you and deposit the ballot in the ballot box." "If the voter spoils his ballot, he may receive an additional ballot by returning the spoiled ballot . . .
June 25, 2011
The San Francisco ballot measure that would ban circumcision of male children is an unwarranted intrusion on family privacy, quite possibly unconstitutional and just plain wrong. And we're fairly certain the vast majority of San Franciscans see it the same way, given the public thrashing the measure has received. But some bad ideas never die; they just move on to new signature-gathering campaigns. It doesn't take many harried shoppers outside a supermarket to qualify an issue for the ballot — a similar effort emerged in Santa Monica but quickly faded away — and we can expect other measures to crop up elsewhere.
June 12, 2002
Re "The Business of America Is Out of Control," Commentary, June 5: I think the people of this country have plenty to be upset about, with a Republican administration in blatant collusion with a corrupt corporate oligarchy and the Democrats mounting only feeble opposition. But there's no denying President Bush's high approval ratings. Until they start taking out their anger in the polls and at the ballot box, rather than in the shopping aisles, the people will get the government they deserve.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 1985
Your postelection analysis of voters' rejection of more police officers correctly addresses the property tax consideration, but you ignore the greater issue of citizen satisfaction with present performance. Will additional police officers mean greater protection, or will it mean more of the same? The issue of whether taxpayers wish to subsidize throngs of female officers in plainclothes, disguised as prostitutes, up and down Sunset Boulevard, has never been surveyed, except perhaps at the ballot box. Of course, that type of police patrol is far safer than preventing muggings.
October 17, 2013
Re "Many furloughed workers struggling," Business, Oct. 12 The Times has reported extensively about the hurt inflicted by the government shutdown on the 99%. The only power these people really have to bring about change is at the ballot box. I hope that when the 2014 elections come, people do some soul-searching and find who really laid this burden on them. Mike Siegel Van Nuys ALSO: Letters: A history of healthcare reform Letters: Fix L.A.'s concrete buildings -- now Letters: Treat the mentally ill, don't jail them
November 6, 2009 |
Washington state voters have approved an "everything but marriage" law, marking a significant expansion of rights for gay couples who are registered as domestic partners. National gay rights groups say the passage of Referendum 71 marks the first time a state's voters have approved a gay equality measure at the ballot box. With about 69% of the expected vote counted in unofficial returns, R-71 was leading 52% to 48%. Full-fledged gay marriage is still not allowed.
December 1, 2008
Re "Prop. 8 foes puzzled by jurist's seeming reversal," Nov. 25 The argument to overturn Proposition 8 because it is a constitutional revision rather than an amendment is weak. Justice Joyce L. Kennard's vote to not hear the case should serve as a wake-up call that the strategy is misguided. Marriage equality supporters should not play the numbers game. Discrimination is wrong even if 90% of voters were to vote to prevent a group the right to marry because they choose to be Mormon or Muslim, or because they are infertile or "too old."