November 4, 2004 |
Though the nation's election system avoided a meltdown in the presidential race, experts said Wednesday that it still needs to be closely examined for the way it handled the high voter turnout and myriad other strains and irregularities. Federal officials, local agencies and independent watchdogs said a wide range of problems needed to be examined.
July 28, 2008 |
When Sean Tevis decided to run for a seat in the Kansas Legislature, he faced a serious problem: money. Local political advisors warned the campaign novice that he would need a war chest of at least $26,000 to compete against his entrenched Republican rival. It seemed like a fortune to the 39-year-old Democrat.
March 21, 2005 |
Afghans will go to the polls Sept. 18 to elect their parliament under a system that some experts say could make it difficult for President Hamid Karzai to govern this war-torn nation. Bismillah Bismil, head of the joint Afghan and United Nations election commission, said Sunday that the election date had been set after consultations with U.N. officials, representatives of political parties and Karzai's administration. Last week, U.S.
February 7, 2011 |
Los Angeles-area Democrats scrambled for the chance to fill a rare open seat in Congress after veteran Rep. Jane Harman (D-Venice) announced Monday that she would probably resign to run a Washington think tank. Within hours, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn said she would be a candidate. California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, who represented much of the district in the Legislature, let it be known that she was "seriously considering" the idea. Activist Marcy Winograd, who mounted a strong but unsuccessful challenge to the moderate Harman from the left in last year's primary, said she was "exploring the possibility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2012 |
Responding to long-standing complaints that Latinos are grossly underrepresented in local government, the city of Compton has agreed to settle a voting rights lawsuit with a plan that could change how officials are elected. The suit was aimed at making it easier for Latinos, who now account for nearly two-thirds of the city's 96,000 residents, to gain greater clout at City Hall, where all council members and most of the top city leaders are black. This imbalance has been the subject of much debate over the years as Compton's Latino population has grown and its black population has declined, part of a larger trend that has been reducing African American political clout across L.A. County.
March 19, 2008 |
The Supreme Court upheld the state of Washington's open primary election system, a setback for the Republican and Democratic political parties in the state. By a 7-2 vote, the court said the state could use a primary system that allowed the top two vote-getters to advance to the general election, even if they were from the same party. Washington never held a primary under the voter-approved system because of legal challenges. Writing for the majority, Justice Clarence Thomas said that overturning the plan would have been an "extraordinary and precipitous nullification of the will of the people."