December 14, 2001 |
The movement to overhaul federal elections after last year's debacle in Florida took another major step Thursday as key senators reached a compromise on legislation that seeks to make voting easier but cheating harder. The announcement by prominent Republicans and Democrats broke a months-long standoff and virtually assures Senate passage of an election reform bill next year.
January 8, 1990 |
The draft of a new election law, ensuring free elections and a multi-party system, has been completed by the ruling council of Romania's National Salvation Front and will be presented this week to the provisional government.
October 11, 2004 |
Nearly 4.6 million Californians voted for George W. Bush in 2000. But their votes utterly had no effect on the outcome of the presidential election. The same was true of 2.4 million Texans who voted for Al Gore, 2.4 million New Yorkers who backed Bush, and most dramatically, 2,912,253 Floridians who chose Gore. All of them might as well have stayed in bed. The reason is the way almost all states allocate their votes in the Electoral College.
June 19, 1988
I'd like to publicly thank the many volunteers who worked on behalf of Proposition J in the recent Santa Monica election. For although the proposition did not win, because of their efforts, our city did. It's important to keep in mind what Proposition J was--and what it wasn't. Proposition J wasn't against anyone or any faction. It was a call for change. Proposition J was designed to make our City Council more diverse and our candidates more accountable. Proposition J was an educational effort aimed at focusing public attention on election reform and (was designed)
May 4, 2001 |
In the coming days, Gov. Jeb Bush will travel to ground zero of last year's disputed presidential election to sign a new state law that will banish punch card ballots in Florida and declare the death of the much-maligned hanging, dimpled and, yes, even pregnant chad. As legislators crafted the final pieces of a sweeping election reform package Thursday, the Florida governor stood outside the Capitol and crowed about legislation he said would serve as a national model.
April 20, 2003
Re "Campaign Reforms Target Influence of Special Interests," April 16: The voters erred grievously when they overwhelmingly passed city ethics and election reform in 1990 but didn't give the city Ethics Commission created in that reform the authority to bypass the City Council and go to the people through a ballot measure if the City Council and mayor either fail to preserve or, even worse, as it did on Tuesday, move to gut those reforms. So far this year, the City Council has watered down to nothingness or rejected outright virtually every lobbyist and election reform transmitted to it by the Ethics Commission, no matter how much it is needed.
March 2, 1994 |
President Carlos Salinas de Gortari, eager to show that August presidential elections will be free of fraud, will propose allowing foreign observers, a spokesman said Tuesday. The proposal, to be made Thursday at election reform talks between Interior Minister Jorge Carpizo MacGregor and political parties, will break a longstanding national taboo against foreign election observers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1990 |
How can Irvine voters clean up the incredible election law mess left over from the repudiated regime of former Mayor Larry Agran? They can do that Tuesday by voting yes on election reform--Yes on Measures E and F. Nearly everyone agrees that this mess must be fixed--nearly everyone except Larry Agran loyalist Mark Petracca, who attempts to confuse the issues with high-sounding arguments about democracy. Democracy did just fine in Irvine for over a decade.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1997
Re "Fund-Raising Machinations Don't Belong in White House," editorial, Jan. 30: On the 21st anniversary of the Buckley vs. Valeo Supreme Court decision, which erred in declaring that mandatory spending limits were unconstitutional, I could not agree more that we need campaign finance reform now. However, I must take exception to The Times' rallying cry to pass the McCain-Feingold bill currently being considered by the Senate. The details of this bill include an allowance for increasing the amount that individuals can contribute to candidates from $1,000 to $2,000.