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February 27, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud
Acting Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan told supervisors Tuesday he believed that at least 25,000 of the 50,000 discarded ballots from the Democratic presidential primary will end up being valid. Supervisors told Logan earlier this month to devise a way to count all the ballots that had been disqualified from the Feb. 5 primary election. Votes were disqualified when independent voters who wanted to vote in the Democratic or American Independent party primaries failed to mark a bubble that indicated their party choice.
April 27, 2014 | By Laura W. Brill
Last year's Proposition 8 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court changed the lives of many same-sex couples and their families in California for the better. But the political fallout from that decision is also having a profound and worrisome effect on the state's initiative process. The reason has to do with the nature of the court's action. The Supreme Court did not rule on the constitutionality of Proposition 8 itself. Rather, it decided an issue of standing, concluding that the initiative's backers had not been directly harmed by a lower-court ruling that the law was unconstitutional and that they therefore lacked standing to appeal that ruling.
March 5, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County elections officials said Tuesday they have been able to count most of the Feb. 5 presidential primary ballots that had been set aside because some voters found them confusing. Acting Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan had said that about 50,000 votes were not counted after independent voters failed to mark a bubble indicating they wanted to vote in the Democratic or American Independent party primaries. Over the weekend, an additional 10,000 absentee and provisional ballots were processed, Logan said during an appearance before the county Board of Supervisors.
April 24, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown has both Democrats and Republicans on board with the broad outlines of his plan for stockpiling some cash and paying off debt. But as the special legislative session Brown called on the issue opened Thursday, it was clear that, as lawmakers like to say, the devil could be in the details. Republicans, whose votes the Democratic governor needs to place his measure on the fall ballot, want tighter controls on the reserve fund than the governor has proposed.
March 8, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud
Election experts testified Friday before state legislators about the problems that surrounded the Feb. 5 presidential primary, particularly voter confusion that stemmed from the so-called double-bubble ballot. About 50,000 votes were initially discarded after independent voters failed to mark a bubble indicating they wanted to vote in the Democratic Party or American Independent Party primary. Acting Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan said this week that he had validated about 80% of those ballots, after elections workers successfully determined voter intent on all but about 12,000 votes.
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.
February 27, 2011 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
How does the nomination and voting process for the Oscars work? Regular Oscars are presented for individual or collective achievements in about two dozen categories. Members from each branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories ? actors nominate actors, for example, while film editors nominate film editors, each member selecting up to five nominees. For the animated feature film and foreign-language film categories, multi-branch screening committees vote on the nominees.
March 20, 2012 | By David Kidwell
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 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell
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.
April 14, 2014 | By Seema Mehta and Jean Merl
When California voters decided to change the way the state's primary elections work, the move was cast as an effort to moderate a state Capitol gripped by polarization. If the top two vote-getters in a primary faced off against one another in November regardless of their party affiliation, the reasoning went, hard-nosed politicians who typically put party purity above all else would be forced to court less partisan voters. That could mean more centrists elected to office, more political compromise and better governance.
March 31, 2014 | By David Zahniser and Laura J. Nelson
A plan for increasing the sales tax to fix Los Angeles' broken streets is on a collision course with a similar levy being pushed for regional transit projects. Two weeks ago, the top budget advisor to the Los Angeles City Council said a tax increase is the only way thousands of miles of severely damaged roads and sidewalks will get repaired. A half-cent increase in the sales tax, which would generate $4.5 billion over 15 years, should appear on the November ballot, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana said.
March 31, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
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.
March 31, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
It's that time of the year again, when candidates for elected office push the limits of their imagination and public gullibility with ballot designations. California gives candidates three words to describe their principal profession, vocation or occupation on the ballot, and the freedom to create one's persona and potentially sway public perception leads to some creative designations. However, there are enough checks in the system to ensure candidates don't mislead voters: The choice of words has to pass muster with elections officials and can be challenged in court, which is why we have several recent instances in which ballot designations have been rejected.
March 30, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Friday ruled that a front-runner in the race for county assessor can't call himself a "deputy assessor" on the ballot. Candidate Omar Haroon, an appraiser in the assessor's office, had filed a court case contending that the occupation listed by rival candidate Jeffrey Prang, a West Hollywood councilman who also works as a public affairs manager for the county agency, was misleading. The assessor's office does not use "deputy assessor" as an official job title.
March 28, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Hoping to garner voter and political support across Los Angeles County for a possible half-cent sales tax increase, transportation advocates gathered downtown Friday to unveil a proposal for a 2016 ballot measure that could fund a range of new transit projects, including a toll highway and rail line through the Sepulveda Pass. The tax proposal, announced by the advocacy group Move L.A., could raise an estimated $90 billion over 45 years and cost the average resident 25 cents to 30 cents a day, proponents said.
March 28, 2013 | By Abby Sewell, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
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.
March 24, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
A candidate for Los Angeles County assessor filed a lawsuit Monday saying that a competitor in the race mischaracterized his job title. Omar Haroon, an appraiser in the assessor's office, is seeking a court order to prevent election officials from listing assessor employee Jeffrey Prang as a “deputy assessor” on the ballot. The assessor's office has no official “deputy assessor” post, but Haroon said the term should be reserved for employees who are certified appraisers.
March 24, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- Proponents of a measure to raise the cap on some medical malpractice damages submitted signatures Monday afternoon to qualify for the November ballot, paving the way for a costly initiative fight. The measure would change a 1975 California law that has limited pain and suffering damages in malpractice cases to $250,000. The law "has been a true hardship for victims and their surviving families," Bob Pack, an Internet executive from Danville, said at a news conference Monday morning.
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