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February 23, 2000
Four years after allegations that some immigrants were improperly registered to vote, election officials are wrapping up a protracted effort to remove noncitizens from the rolls. An initial effort by the state purged the names of 561 noncitizens from the voter rolls in the 46th Congressional District. The second attempt, which is now winding up, has trimmed 330 more--with nine more expected to be deleted. The effort followed charges in 1996 by former Rep. Robert K.
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March 10, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An appellate court in San Diego will consider the legality of a local ballot measure passed last year to thwart Orange County's plans for an airport at El Toro. The controversial case was to be heard by the Santa Ana division of the 4th District Court of Appeal. But the panel's six judges--including Presiding Justice David G. Sills, a former Irvine mayor--recused themselves Thursday. The judges did not give a reason.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2000 | RICHARD MAROSI and SANDY YANG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An unprecedented number of Orange County judgeships are up for grabs next month in judicial elections that feature a bid by the county's former top prosecutor and a rare attempt to oust a sitting judge. Candidates are competing for seven Superior Court judgeships, six of them open because of a rash of retirements. The seventh seat is held by incumbent H. Warren Siegel, who is being challenged by two candidates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2001 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a rare courtroom appearance, state Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer stood before an Orange County commissioner Tuesday to argue that county supervisors are abusing the law and thwarting the will of voters in their attempt to overturn a ballot measure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 2000 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Water district races in Orange County are usually yawners, and not much has changed in 2000, except in a far corner of the county where the 25-year incumbent's profession has stirred a trickle of controversy. Orange resident John V. Fonley, 76, has represented a northeast section of the county on the Orange County Water District board since 1975 and called himself a civil engineer for almost half a century.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2000 | By JEAN O. PASCO,
Nearly 1,300 voters in Aliso Viejo and Laguna Beach were sent letters Friday from county elections officials telling them that they must vote in person because their applications for absentee ballots were received too late. Some 1,331 absentee ballot requests mailed on behalf of a South County community association were held after postal officials discovered they contained an unauthorized postal permit number and incorrectly stated that postage would be paid by the registrar's office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2000 | By JEAN O. PASCO,
Even as Orange County supervisors decided Tuesday to remain neutral on Measure F, the board majority voted to challenge a key portion of the anti-airport initiative that was overwhelmingly approved by voters. On a 3-2 vote, the pro-airport majority on the Board of Supervisors voted in closed session to ask a judge to temporarily release the county from complying with Measure F until a full court hearing can be held.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2000 | By MEG JAMES,
Orange County supervisors want to find out why it took nine hours for ballots to be tabulated on election night last week, as returns in Orange County lagged far behind those in other regions. "If anything needs to be done, in terms of counting equipment or technology, then perhaps it's time that we did something about it," Board Chairman Charles V. Smith said. "It's time that we stopped using the excuse of the bankruptcy to see what we can do to be up to date."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2000 | By JEAN O. PASCO,
Organizers of a successful anti-airport ballot measure that passed overwhelmingly Tuesday sent a letter to supporters Friday criticizing a second group for soliciting funds to defend the measure in court. "Please do not send contributions to this [other fund], which, while promoting Yes on Measure F, diverted money from the main campaign and is not expected to pay for the legal defense of our committee and the initiative," said the warning letter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2000 | By DAVID REYES and PHIL WILLON,
Orange County voters reversed a 20-year slide in turnout for presidential primaries on Tuesday, keeping pace with a thunderous surge at the polls statewide. Of the county's 1.2 million registered voters, 50.6% ducked into ballot booths on election day--the highest percentage since Ronald Reagan's victory in the 1980 GOP primary. Statewide, an estimated 51% of voters cast ballots on Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 2000 | DANIEL YI and RAY HERNDON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Orange County Latino voters, their ranks boosted by years of aggressive registration efforts, went to the polls in record numbers this last election. But despite the gains, Latinos still posted lower voter turnout than the general population. An analysis of voter registration records shows that the number of Latino registered voters in the county increased by 28% since 1996 to 166,848 this year. The number of overall registered voters grew by a much more modest margin of 6%, to 1,346,887.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 2000 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Recent problems with county elections were caused by post-bankruptcy staff reductions that have hampered the ability of the registrar's office to keep pace with technology and develop long-range plans, according to a report Friday. The report, by County Executive Officer Michael Schumacher's office, found that during election cycles, "all staff resources" at the registrar of voters' office are tied up on election preparation and the election itself.
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November 22, 2000 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County supervisors voted Tuesday to go to court to fight a ballot measure approved overwhelmingly by voters just two weeks ago, marking the second time this year the board has challenged the public will. Supervisors on a 3-2 vote expressed doubt of the constitutionality of Measure H, which was approved Nov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2000 | PHIL WILLON and JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Orange County's voter turnout Tuesday appears to be the lowest in a presidential general election since at least 1954, a drop blamed on a slate of noncompetitive local contests and lack of a galvanizing countywide issue. Among the nearly 63% of voters who did venture to the polls were the firmly entrenched Republican faithful. While Republican George W. Bush was stomped by Democrat Al Gore statewide, in Orange County, the Texas governor sailed to a 128,000-vote margin of victory.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2000 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Voters across Orange County delivered split results in three fiercely fought land-use battles, including passing a Newport Beach measure that allows residents to directly decide the fate of many major developments. But slow-growth initiatives in Brea and San Clemente were defeated by slim margins Tuesday, with pollsters noting that both measures were sure wins until the opposition was suddenly injected with landowner cash for stepped-up "voter education campaigns."
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November 8, 2000 | MIKE ANTON and CHRISTINE HANLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It was a day when the voting booth overflowed like an all-you-can-eat buffet, so many choices even the most gluttonous political junkies had their fill. Senate races and House races and Assembly races. Measures on growth, taxes and tobacco settlement money. Propositions dealing with school vouchers, drug users and politicians. Want bond issues and city council contests? Go ahead, stuff your face. Just leave room for dessert: your choice for president.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2000 | By MATTHEW EBNET,
The measures are complicated and the ballot will be lengthy, but now that California's primary election is held earlier in the campaign year, voters and officials say casting a ballot today offers voters an opportunity to make a difference. Besides a heated presidential race, there are measures that will help determine furiously debated topics such as whether to move forward with an El Toro airport or recognize same-sex marriages in California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2000 | By JEAN O. PASCO,
With a blitz of last-minute mail, hundreds of road signs, thousands of automated phone messages and untold personal appeals, the final showdown over the fate of Measure F was waged across Orange County on Saturday. Supporters fanned throughout South County, the epicenter of the ground-breaking measure, which was written by a coalition of South County cities hoping to quash plans for a new airport at the closed El Toro Marine base.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2000 | MATTHEW EBNET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the prospect that their votes might make more of a difference in a close national election, Orange County voters this year requested a record number of absentee ballots: a hearty 290,000. That is one-fifth of the 1,342,746 voters registered in Orange County. The previous high was 224,000 absentee ballots in 1998, Registrar of Voters Rosalyn Lever said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2000 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Only 10. That's how many candidates the conservative Education Alliance trained and supported to stand for election to school boards in Orange County this year. Four years ago, 36 ran and 13 won--enough to take a sixth of the county's school seats, with majorities in Garden Grove, Westminster and Orange. That was the year the Education Alliance burst onto the scene with its agenda of getting conservative Christian candidates onto school boards and instituting a back-to-basics, anti-union regime.
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