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January 28, 2005 | Patrick J. McDonnell, Times Staff Writer
Insurgents in the Sunni-dominated city of Samarra killed at least four Iraqi national guardsmen and five civilians Thursday in a series of firefights, car bombings and explosions that rocked a community U.S. forces had declared pacified in October. The insurgents also blew up a school building and fired mortar rounds into another school in Samarra, targeting polling places for Sunday's landmark national election.
January 10, 2005 | Laura King and Ken Ellingwood, Times Staff Writers
The early-morning chill was clinging to the cement-slab homes and sunless alleyways of this hillside community, and Souad Hajajreh shivered hard as she stood in line to vote. Neither the wait nor the cold bothered her, she said. "I am so proud today, as a Palestinian and as a woman," the 28-year-old schoolteacher said, eyes sparkling beneath her black head scarf. "This is something truly important for our people, and I am proud for all of us."
November 3, 2004
I have just returned from my polling place. I was amazed to discover that the new system of recording votes was so poor. Many of my first attempts to mark the ballot for particular offices did not succeed in marking the ballots. The InkaVote system is even worse than the old punch cards. It is true that there are no hanging chads now. But at least then I could inspect the completed ballot to make sure that there were none. It is extremely difficult to check whether there really is a mark from the ink. It is impossible to determine even if a voter tried to mark the ballot, to say nothing of what that attempt indicated.
October 31, 2004 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
A state court judge issued a sweeping order Saturday limiting the number of party representatives that could be deployed to challenge voters at Ohio polling places on election day. In Cleveland, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John P. O'Donnell issued a permanent injunction barring multiple challengers from being stationed at polling places. The ruling, if upheld, would force the Republicans to cut back the thousands of poll watchers they plan to send to voting locations Tuesday.
October 30, 2004 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
Many filmmakers made movies they hoped would sway the 2004 presidential election. Now a producer is putting together a documentary about the voting itself. Jim Stern, whose movie credits include the basketball documentary "The Year of the Yao" and upcoming dramas "Proof" and "Hotel Rwanda," has dispatched six different camera crews to precincts across Ohio. The goal of his film, tentatively titled "Ohio: An American Vote," is to detail how the state's nearly 8 million voters cast their ballots.
October 15, 2004 | From Associated Press
A federal judge ruled Thursday that Ohio voters who showed up at the wrong polling place on election day could still cast ballots as long as they were in the county where they were registered. U.S. District Judge James Carr blocked a directive from Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell, a Republican, who recently announced that poll workers must send voters to their correct precinct. Blackwell filed an appeal.
March 21, 2004 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
Orange County poll workers say breakdowns in training on new electronic voting machines contributed to thousands of voters receiving the wrong ballots March 2. Literature issued to polling place volunteers gave conflicting instructions about retrieving access codes that voters entered into the machines to obtain correct ballots.
March 12, 2004 | Stuart Pfeifer and Ray F. Herndon, Times Staff Writers
Although Orange County election officials have said they don't believe mistakes with electronic ballots last week affected the outcomes of any races, one low-profile contest is now separated by just five votes -- leading one candidate to suggest that no one will ever know who really won.
February 11, 2004 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
Orange County's registrar of voters is woefully short of workers to staff polling places for the March 2 primary, causing serious concern because voters will be using electronic voting machines for the first time. Despite a massive effort to enlist poll workers, Registrar Steve Rodermund said he needed about 1,300 more. He's hired a public relations firm and telephone solicitors to recruit workers.
February 8, 2004 | Daniel Yi, Times Staff Writer
Wedged between an art store and a clothing boutique advertising racy Brazilian fashions, the voting machines looked a little out of place. "It's been slow; mostly people who were curious," said Diana Wintrode, an elections inspector with the Orange County Registrar of Voters office. Last week, the agency installed polling places at six shopping malls, including the Irvine Spectrum, where Wintrode and another election worker, Ken Jumper, were working Saturday inside a vacant store.
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