CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1989
I think it's time for the people of Orange County to wake up. Orange County Sheriff Brad Gates has finally had a verdict rendered against him for violating the civil rights of a political rival by using sheriff's investigators to harass him. It's unfortunate, however, that the blame lies on Brad, yet the burden once again will fall on county taxpayers. (In 1987 Orange County bailed Gates out in a related matter to the tune of $375,000.) What's even more distressing is the attitude of some prominent people around the community.
March 20, 2012 |
A slight blade misalignment in a ballot printing machine stirred up an election day problem Tuesday for a smattering of officials throughout Illinois who reported that as many as several thousand ballots were slightly too wide to fit in the counting machines. Both ballot companies and election supervisors in 25 affected counties worked throughout the morning to fix the problem. By midafternoon they had figured out that ballots from the bottom of the shrink-wrapped stacks were the right size, and that trimming a sliver off thick ballots already filled out was the quickest remedy.
August 7, 2009
Holding an election in a country at war is always a risky proposition, but perhaps more so in developing Afghanistan, where 70% of the population is illiterate, voter registration is problematic, and ballots for presidential and provincial council races reach remote areas by donkey. Taliban insurgents active in nearly half the country have called for a boycott of the Aug. 20 vote, a message they drove home this week with a rocket barrage on Kabul, the capital.
June 14, 2013 |
TEHRAN -- Electoral authorities began counting ballots late Friday after tens of millions of Iranians turned out to vote for a successor to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Officials estimated that the turnout may have reached 70% among more than 50 million eligible voters. The race featured five conservatives and a single moderate, Hassan Rowhani, who has been embraced by the reformist camp and achieved a considerable following in recent days. Because of long lines, the voting deadline was extended several times, ultimately until 11 p.m. in Tehran, the capital, five hours after the scheduled closing time. Voting began at 8 am. Television video showed lines of voters waiting patiently at polling centers throughout the country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2013 |
Several absentee ballots in Compton that should have been returned to City Hall after they were found to be undeliverable instead ended up in bins slated for recycling outside a post office. Officials said allegations of voter fraud appeared to be unfounded. A candidate in Compton's municipal election complained of potential fraud Tuesday after discovering bins containing what appeared to be hundreds of absentee ballots behind the post office on Santa Fe Avenue. City Manager Harold Duffey said he and other city officials, as well as members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, went to the post office after hearing the allegation and found a crowd there, including several candidates running in the city's April 16 primary election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2014 |
This post has been corrected. See note below for details. With just over a week left before election day, the Long Beach city clerk has discovered ballot irregularities that could affect more than half of the city's voting precincts in one of the most closely watched local elections in years. Ballot tabulators failed to count votes marked on the second page of some ballots, said City Clerk Larry Herrera. The mistake affects precincts that have two-page ballots -- about 169 of the city's 295 polling places.