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NATIONAL
December 8, 2004 | Nick Anderson, Times Staff Writer
While President Bush secured his reelection with a 119,000-vote victory in Ohio, voting-rights advocates dwelled Tuesday on a statistic they said told another story -- more than 414,000 calls to national hotlines established to monitor complaints and compile eyewitness observations about the Nov. 2 vote. Among those calls, according to a new report from the Common Cause Education Fund, were many accounts from Ohio.
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NATIONAL
December 1, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A legal challenge aimed at blocking Nevada's five electoral votes from being cast this month for President Bush was tossed out in Reno. Washoe County District Judge Peter Breen dismissed the case brought against Nevada's five Republican electors. The plaintiffs, who described themselves as concerned citizens, had asked the judge to schedule a hearing so they could prove their claims of voter registration fraud and malfunctioning voting machines.
NATIONAL
November 30, 2004 | From Associated Press
Nearly a month after Sen. John F. Kerry conceded Ohio to President Bush, complaints and challenges about balloting continue as activists, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson, demand closer scrutiny to ensure the votes are being counted on the up and up. Jackson has held rallies in Ohio in recent days to draw attention to the vote, and another critic plans to ask the state Supreme Court this week to decide the validity of the election.
NATIONAL
November 25, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Three weeks after the general election, New Mexico's canvassing board officially declared President Bush the winner by 5,988 votes, or less than 1 percentage point. The board certified the Nov. 2 election results in Santa Fe and said Bush received 376,930 votes, or 49.8%, to Democrat John F. Kerry's 370,942 votes, or 49%. Independent Ralph Nader received 4,053 votes.
WORLD
November 25, 2004 | David Holley, Times Staff Writer
Opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko called Wednesday for a nationwide strike to close down schools, factories and transportation after authorities declared Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich the winner of Ukraine's bitterly contested presidential election. U.S. officials, citing allegations of fraud, swiftly rejected the legitimacy of the result, called for a review of the vote and warned of possible penalties.
WORLD
November 25, 2004 | Paul Richter, Times Staff Writer
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell rejected the results of Ukraine's disputed presidential election Wednesday and warned there would be "consequences" for its relations with the West if officials did not address charges that the tally was fraudulent. Increasing U.S.
NATIONAL
November 24, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A federal judge in Toledo denied a request by third-party presidential candidates who wanted to force a recount of Ohio ballots before the official count was finished. Judge James G. Carr ruled that the candidates have a right under Ohio law to a recount, but said it could wait. The judge wrote that he saw no reason to interfere with the final stages of Ohio's electoral process. Officials have said the results will be certified by Dec. 6.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2004 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
This may be a divided country, but at least there's one thing about the 2004 presidential election that nearly everybody can agree on: Hollywood took it on the chin. It's no surprise to hear a scold like Michael Medved say that Democrats will never compete in Red State America until they "escape their identification as the party of Beverly Hills dilettantes and self-righteous celebrities."
NATIONAL
November 15, 2004 | Ronald Brownstein
Amid all the postelection tumult, it's easy to lose sight of what President Bush did -- and did not -- accomplish in his reelection victory this month. Bush didn't build as commanding a presidential majority as some coverage has suggested, but he did significantly strengthen the Republican hold on Congress.
WORLD
November 11, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Opposition reformer Viktor Yushchenko barely edged out the pro-Kremlin candidate in the first round of the presidential vote, setting up a runoff later this month for the leadership of the former Soviet republic, official results showed. Yushchenko won 39.87%, half a percentage point ahead of Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych in the Oct. 31 balloting, the Central Elections Commission announced. Earlier counts had shown Yanukovych narrowly ahead. The two face a Nov. 21 runoff.
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