September 18, 2009 |
The state Court of Appeals struck down a law requiring government-issued photo identification for voters, overturning on state constitutional grounds a law upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2008. The law required voters to produce state or federal photo ID cards at their polling stations. Critics say it disenfranchised some poor, older and minority voters. Supporters contended it was needed to prevent voter fraud, which critics say is rare. The court agreed with the League of Women Voters that those who cast ballots in person were held to a stricter standard than absentee voters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1989
I believe that the district attorney's office made a mistake in investigating the 20 security guards involved at the Santa Ana polling stations. It was a waste of time because the guards were hired and were following orders from the Orange County Republican officials, headed by Tom Fuentes. These are the people to be investigated. What an excuse by the Republican Party. It's outrageous. This means that the party can take the law and play judge, jury and executioner. Hasn't Tom Fuentes heard that we have police and sheriff's departments to handle such supposed incidents?
March 29, 2013 |
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A blast set off by a suicide bomber killed at least seven other people in the northwest city of Peshawar on Friday in an attack that appeared to be aimed at assassinating a top Pakistani paramilitary official, police said. The official, Abdul Majeed Marwat, heads up Pakistan's Frontier Constabulary, a paramilitary police force that patrols the country's volatile northwest and other areas. Marwat was unhurt in the blast, which occurred as his convoy was passing through a security checkpoint in a heavily guarded area of the city not far from the U.S. Consulate.
October 24, 2010 |
Bahrain's Shiite Muslim majority made slight gains in closely watched parliamentary elections over the weekend despite a widespread crackdown on activists and boycott calls by some groups. Election results released Sunday showed that the Wefaq Party, representing the mostly Shiite opposition, won 18 of 40 seats, a victory in every race it fielded a candidate and one more position than it won in the last election. Thirteen pro-government candidates also were elected. No candidate won a majority among the remaining seats, including some being contested by other parties challenging the government.
January 30, 2005 |
On the second day of voting in the U.S. for Iraq's election, scores of expatriates continued to arrive Saturday at polling stations across the country to cast their ballots. In Skokie and in nearby Rosemont, voters chatted as they waited in line, bundled against the cold and eager to participate in their native country's first competitive election in 50 years. About 1,000 people showed up to vote in suburban Chicago on Friday, election officials said.
May 7, 2012 |
BEIRUT - Opposition activists across Syria on Monday boycotted parliamentary elections they dismissed as illegitimate, and instead called for a general strike. The Syrian government, on the other hand, hailed the multiparty elections, Syria's first, as marking a historic step toward comprehensive political reform in a country that has been ruled by the same family and political party for more than four decades. In February, Syrians voted for a new constitution that abolished the one-party system long controlled by the Baath Party.
December 27, 1992 |
Despite threats by rebel nomads, Niger held its first open election in 32 years Saturday, a referendum on a constitution that would allow multi-party presidential and legislative balloting next year. A national democracy conference ousted President Ali Saibou in November, 1991, and put transitional Prime Minister Amadou Cheiffou in power. Multi-party elections have already been postponed three times.
November 3, 1993 |
The firestorm that drove residents from their homes in the Santa Monica Mountains Tuesday also routed election workers and forced the shutdown of 11 polling stations, state and local election officials said. Polling places in Woodland Hills, Topanga, Calabasas, Agoura, Agoura Hills, Malibu and Malibu Heights were forced to close after only a few hours, but election officials were trying Tuesday evening to serve those still wishing to vote.
April 27, 1994 |
Democracy dawned with a flourish across South Africa on Tuesday as hospital patients, pensioners, the disabled and other "special voters" flocked to this country's first all-race polls in unexpectedly high numbers and remarkably good spirits. The opening day of the historic three-day election for the post-apartheid government was marred by widespread confusion and hundreds of complaints of logistic problems and technical glitches at urban and rural polling stations.
January 31, 2005 |
Homemaker Alaa Abed Mehdi had no intention of risking her life to vote Sunday. Early-morning explosions only strengthened that resolve. Then Mehdi, 27, looked out her window and saw history passing by -- in groups of twos and threes. Braving threats of suicide attacks and mortar strikes, scores of Iraqis -- many wearing their best suits and dresses -- filed by Mehdi's house in a quiet procession toward the heavily guarded polling center down the street. "It was an amazing scene," Mehdi said.