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November 16, 2008 | Mike Baker, Baker writes for the Associated Press.
Despite Barack Obama's success in registering tens of thousands of voters this summer, he might not have won North Carolina without its new law allowing same-day registration and voting before election day. Obama took the state -- the first Democrat do to so in more than three decades -- by an unofficial margin of 13,692 votes over John McCain. There are some provisional ballots left to count, but they are not expected to significantly change that gap. Nearly 92,000 people registered during the early-voting period, which opened after the registration deadline for election-day voting had passed.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
I have read that there were gasps in the Supreme Court during arguments last February when Justice Antonin Scalia described the 1965 Voting Rights Act, one of the great achievements of the Civil R ights era, as a “racial entitlement.” At the time, Scalia was questioning the motives of Congress, which had overwhelmingly voted to extend the act in 2006. “And this last enactment,” said Scalia, “not a single vote in the Senate against it. And the House is pretty much the same.
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NATIONAL
October 5, 2010
It's estimated that a third to a half of voters nationwide are expected to cast early ballots. Here's a rundown of when early voting begins by state: Already voting: Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Vermont, Wyoming Week of Oct. 3 : Arizona, California, Indiana, Montana, Wisconsin Week of Oct. 10 : Illinois, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia Week of Oct. 17 ...
NATIONAL
November 5, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg and Joseph Tanfani, Los Angeles Times
There was the actual storm. Then there is the metaphorical perfect storm. With polls showing a close presidential race, fears have risen that the integrity of Tuesday's presidential election could be thrown into doubt by either damage from super storm Sandy, which has created enormous voting challenges in New York and New Jersey, or the confluence of ballot box disputes in battleground states. Armies of lawyers were at the ready Monday as tussles continued over voting, especially in Ohio and Florida, the two states considered most likely to throw the presidential election into an overtime ballot dispute reminiscent of the Bush-Gore race of 2000.
NEWS
February 13, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
Mitt Romney slammed President Obama's budget proposal on Monday, arguing that the president has failed to keep campaign promises to reduce the nation's deficit while at the same time jeopardizing the safety net for seniors. “The president came out with a new budget today,” Romney said, and the crowd of a few thousand at the Mesa Amphitheater groaned. “And you have a reason for that response. He unfortunately came out with another $1 trillion deficit. And if you recall, back in his election, he said that he was going to cut in half our deficit by the end of his first term.
NATIONAL
October 5, 2010 | By Michael A. Memoli, Los Angeles Times
Of all the Democratic incumbents seeking reelection this year, Iowa Gov. Chet Culver is among the most vulnerable. As of Friday, though, he was assured of at least one vote ? his own. "That's one down, about 550,000 to go," he told reporters at the Polk County auditor's office, where he cast his general election ballot early. Iowa is one of eight states where ballots already are being cast for the midterm election, a month before the constitutionally prescribed date. In the coming weeks, more than two dozen other states will begin early voting, a procedure that is growing more popular with each election.
NEWS
October 15, 1992 | Associated Press
Gov. Ann Richards voted for Bill Clinton at an East Austin grocery store on Wednesday, Texas' first day of early voting for the Nov. 3 general election. Democrats planned a strong push to increase early voting in Texas, highlighted by rallies across the state. "Our goal is to have 1.75 million votes cast during the early voting period," said Kirk Adams, director of Unity '92, Texas' coordinated campaign for Democrats.
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October 31, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Polling places in the state may stay open an extra four hours on Saturday to accommodate early voters, the state Board of Elections has decided. The board voted unanimously to order all 100 counties to keep their early voting sites open until 5 p.m. instead of 1 p.m. unless local officials decide it's unnecessary. More than 1.7 million people -- 30% of registered voters -- had cast a ballot through Wednesday night.
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December 11, 2005 | From Associated Press
The powerful one-two punch wielded by Iowa and New Hampshire in picking the nation's president would lose some of its clout under a recommendation made Saturday by a panel of Democrats to involve more states in the early voting. The recommendation, motivated in part by a desire to get more minority voters involved early, would add one or two caucuses after Iowa's but before New Hampshire's leadoff primary.
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October 30, 2002 | Nick Anderson, Times Staff Writer
As the political parties gear up for election day, they confront a new challenge in the age-old task of spurring turnout: more voters in more states are casting ballots ahead of time. By the time polls open Tuesday, millions of votes will already be cast. Though no precise nationwide figures are available, such votes are expected to be a substantial portion of the overall turnout -- perhaps 15%.
NEWS
November 4, 2012 | By David Lauter
WASHINGTON - It wouldn't be a close election without a fight over voting in Florida. Saturday was scheduled to be the final day of early voting in the nation's biggest swing state, where most polls have shown the race extraordinarily close. In  many places, particularly in south Florida, where Democrats typically get their largest majorities, lines at polling places stretched for hours, with voters in some places waiting past midnight. Worried that significant numbers of their voters might have been deterred by the wait, the Florida Democratic Party went to court in the wee hours of Sunday morning seeking an emergency order for polling places to remain open today.
NEWS
November 4, 2012 | By David Lauter and Joseph Tanfani
WASHINGTON - The election is still two days away, but in the always-strange state of Florida, early voting is already leading to confusion and chaos.   In Miami-Dade County, elections officials reopened a voting office on Sunday only to shut the operation down in the early afternoon because too many people were waiting in line. After angry voters started chanting “Let us vote,” the election workers decided to reopen, calling in extra staff and another printer for the absentee ballots.
NEWS
November 3, 2012 | By David Lauter
With more than 27 million Americans having already voted, the Obama and Romney campaigns have found a new topic for disagreement: what do the numbers say about who is winning? In a conference call with reporters Saturday, top officials of President Obama's campaign insisted that they were building a lead in key states that Romney would have difficulty overcoming. “Our opponent is losing among early voters in nearly every public poll in every battleground state,” Jeremy Bird, the campaign's field director, told reporters in a late-afternoon conference call.
NEWS
November 2, 2012 | By Alana Semuels
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Voting may once have been serious, private and limited only to wealthy landowners, but, these days, it's a multiday circus complete with food trucks, traffic jams and a parking lot where Abraham Lincoln is frenemies with an anti-abortion activist. That, at least, is the scene in Columbus, where early voting has been open since Oct. 2, and the booths were so mobbed Friday that people had to park in the grocery store lot next door. Voters streamed in and out of the building, getting in their cars in the frigid October afternoon, then finding themselves unable to move because of the traffic.
OPINION
October 28, 2012 | Doyle McManus
If there's a ground zero in this presidential campaign, it might just be the parking lot of a downscale shopping center in North Columbus, Ohio, halfway between Papa John's Pizza and Payless Shoes. Here, in the empty shell of a former Kohl's department store, Franklin County has set up an early polling station where voters can cast ballots without waiting for election day. A hundred feet from the door, in the parking lot, is a line of trucks festooned with banners - the mobile headquarters of each campaign, ready to press sample ballots on passing voters.
NEWS
October 27, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - As early voting kicked off in Florida, Mitt Romney urged his supporters to head to the polls Saturday. “Today you can go vote. And it helps for you to vote now because the earlier you vote, the more help you can give us getting other people to the polls because we're going to have to turn out our people,” Romney told supporters gathered in a plane hangar here. “We need to get people who care about America to go to the polls and vote. This election counts. We're going to make this election count for America.” Romney noted that he was changing his campaign schedule and not heading to Virginia on Sunday because of Hurricane Sandy, which is barreling toward the East Coast, after consulting with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.
NEWS
October 30, 1988 | DOUGLAS JEHL, Times Staff Writer
Seeking to set an example for minority voters, Lloyd Bentsen strolled into the Starr County courthouse here Saturday morning and cast his ballot a week early. "Don't wait for Nov. 8," Bentsen told an overwhelmingly Latino crowd in the town square here. "You don't know what the weather's going to be that day. You don't know how things are going to be on the job. You don't know how long the waiting line is going to be.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2000
Want to vote early? Do you know someone who is visually impaired and wants to vote? Do you want to use a ballot in a language other than English? Anyone answering yes to these questions can take advantage of special voting facilities at nine locations in Los Angeles County. Registered voters may cast ballots at those locations, which employ the touch-screen process--similar to using a bank ATM--instead of paper ballots.
OPINION
October 23, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
I'm writing this before Monday night's presidential debate, on the assumption that neither candidate changed the dynamic of the race too dramatically. But what if one did? What if Barack Obama announced in a fit of pique that "America doesn't deserve a president as awesome as me. " Or what if Mitt Romney pulled open a panel in his chest revealing that he is, in fact, an android? And he was made in China! Or the game-changer could be something more plausible. The point is, what if something was said or done that caused large numbers of voters to change their minds?
NEWS
October 21, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
LAS VEGAS -- The first weekend of early voting is unfolding Nevada-style, with vans busing Strip workers to a polling site in the shadow of towering casinos and both parties pushing out the vote in this crucial swing state. Voting day apparently could not come fast enough for some residents in a state saturated by relentless political attack ads. Many say they have simply hit the off button and stopped listening to the TV ads or answering phones. But the campaigns are far from finished: Mitt Romney and Paul D. Ryan are scheduled to arrive here Tuesday, with President Obama swooping in Wednesday to the state he won in 2008.
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