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October 25, 2008 | Peter Nicholas, Nicholas is a Times staff writer.
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.
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.
October 30, 2011 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
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.
April 3, 2012 | By John Fritze and Matthew Hay Brown, Baltimore Sun
Despite high-profile races - including a Republican presidential contest that brought the candidates swinging through the state and a nationally significant House race -- elections officials in Maryland predict that turnout could fall to near-record lows in Tuesday's primary. The ho-hum reaction in Maryland is being driven by several factors: lack of a competitive race at the top of the Democratic ticket; a primary date that falls in the middle of spring break for many schools; and the inability of most of the GOP presidential candidates to organize in one of the bluest states in the nation.
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.
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 | 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.
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.
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.
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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