October 25, 2008 |
Record numbers of voters across the nation are casting ballots before election day, including high proportions of Democrats and African Americans in some of the battleground states in what appears to be a promising sign for Barack Obama. In the 32 states that allow people to vote before Nov. 4 without a special excuse, election officials report heavy turnout as the presidential campaign reaches its frenzied last days.
October 30, 2011 |
Barack Obama may have won this crucial state three years ago on the Sunday before election day when "souls to the polls" drives brought a surge of blacks and Latinos to cast ballots after church. Florida had opened the polls two weeks early, and even so, long lines across the state prompted the governor to issue an emergency order extending the hours for early voting. Propelled by waves of new voters including college students, Obama eked out a win with 51%. It will be different next year, a result of changes in the voting laws adopted by the Republican-controlled Legislature.
October 28, 2004 |
A record wave of early voting promises to cut crowding on election day, but the trend has also front-loaded this year's election with problems -- long lines at early-voting stations, missing absentee ballots and controversy over retooled rules for early balloting. Analysts and opinion surveys project that more than 26 million of an estimated 120 million voters might cast their ballots before the traditional start of polling -- at midnight on election eve in Dixville Notch, N.H.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2013 |
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.
January 9, 2012 |
Campaign events are often carefully orchestrated, with supporters marshaled to walk with candidates, shake their hands, ask softball questions. But Rick Perry ran into some awkwardness Monday afternoon when control was taken out of his hands. At the Poinsett Club, a private association located in a Colonial house in Greenville, business leaders and local politicians gathered around tables as wait staff served them fried chicken, macaroni and broccoli. Gov. Perry was the featured speaker, but before he had a chance to speak in front of First Monday, a group of Republicans who meet monthly to hear from politicians, the organizer called for anyone representing other political candidates to stand up in front of the room.
October 30, 2008
Re "Get a grip on elections," Opinion, Oct. 27 In early voting, there have been reports already of "vote flipping" in three states. The screen of the voting machine shows that you voted for one candidate but a review of the ballot indicates that you voted for another. If an election judge is not available at the poll location to remedy this, you are disenfranchised. How widespread vote flipping is remains to be determined. It is an indication that we are in a fight to keep voting machines from causing fraud -- whether mechanical or deliberate.
October 26, 2010 |
President Obama, who has spent weeks urging supporters not to sit out this election, filled out his own absentee ballot Tuesday at the White House. "He just voted absentee in the West Wing," press secretary Robert Gibbs announced at his afternoon briefing. Gibbs said he did not ask about every choice the president made, calling it "a private decision. " But he knew that Obama did support Democrats Pat Quinn and Alexi Giannoulias, running for Illinois governor and Senate, respectively.
May 27, 1998 |
Mike Piazza, who played for three teams in less than a week, is the top vote-getter at catcher in the early balloting for the National League All-Star team, which was announced Tuesday. The leaders at the other positions in the early voting by the fans are: first baseman Mark McGwire of St.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2004 |
After they've slurped down an Orange Julius or riffled through a sales rack at Nordstrom, Orange County residents will soon be able to tackle something new at the neighborhood mall. They'll be able to vote. The Orange County Registrar of Voters is installing voting kiosks at six shopping malls, where registered voters will be able to cast ballots electronically -- shopping bag or smoothie in hand.
December 27, 2011
Next month the Supreme Court will consider a controversy over congressional redistricting in Texas that will highlight the importance of a crucial part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act: Section 5, which requires states and localities with a history of voting discrimination to "pre-clear" changes in their election practices with the Justice Department or a federal court. In 2009 the court declined to rule on the constitutionality of Section 5, but it could return to the issue. If they are in any doubt about the continued need for it, they should read a recent speech by Atty.