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OPINION
October 16, 2003 | Paul Gronke, Paul Gronke is chairman of the department of political science at Reed College in Oregon.
"Vote early and vote often, said William Porcher Miles in 1858. Today -- almost 150 years later -- no one any longer advocates voting often in an election, but for Americans throughout the country, voting early is increasingly popular. This year's California recall election was no exception. Between one-quarter and one-third of the votes were absentee.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2003
How can officials be sure that people who vote early using touch-screen machines don't vote again at the polls? * All 12 of the early-voting locations in Los Angeles County are connected via the Internet to the county's voter database. As soon as a voter is issued an activation card for one of the voting machines, his or her name will instantly be marked in the centralized voter rolls.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2005 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
Just in time for next month's statewide election, Riverside County's new votemobile hits the streets this week. After two months of preparation, the specially outfitted 34-foot mobile home, which houses up to eight electronic voting stations, is nearly ready to roll to the far corners of the county. County officials believe the $173,000 votemobile is one of only a few in the state. Orange County has used a similar mobile site.
NATIONAL
October 28, 2004 | Maria L. La Ganga and James Rainey, Times Staff Writers
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.
NEWS
January 9, 2012 | By Alana Semuels
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.
OPINION
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.
NEWS
October 26, 2010 | By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau
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.
SPORTS
May 27, 1998 | Associated Press
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 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2004 | Stanley Allison, Times Staff Writer
Based on the successful introduction of electronic voting machines at shopping malls and city halls, Orange County election officials say they are confident that the countywide use of the new devices will go without a hitch Tuesday. The 9,000 machines will replace punch card ballots throughout the county. The devices were used in early balloting Feb. 3-22 at the Shops at Mission Viejo, Brea Mall, Buena Park Mall, Irvine Spectrum, MainPlace/Santa Ana and Westminster Mall.
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