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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 1990 | BARRY M. HORSTMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Raising questions about the legality of some of the ballots cast, Rep. Jim Bates on Wednesday formally requested a recount of this month's 44th Congressional District, in which he was narrowly defeated by Randall (Duke) Cunningham.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2013 | By Abby Sewell and Angel Jennings, Los Angeles Times
Initial election results in Compton's hotly contested race for mayor showed former Mayor Omar Bradley - whose 2004 conviction on corruption charges was overturned by an appeals court last year - heading into a runoff with political newcomer Aja Brown. The results could signal an ouster of Mayor Eric Perrodin, a deputy district attorney and former Compton police officer who unseated Bradley in 2001. However, with 1,176 vote-by-mail and provisional ballots yet to be verified by the county registrar, the final results may not be known for another week.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 2000
Re the Nov. 8 and Nov. 13 letters about the DMV not registering people who tried, in good faith, to use "motor voter": Add me to the people who changed their voter registration when they changed their license addresses. As I received no dinner phone calls soliciting my vote and, ultimately, no sample ballot, I realized that I was not registered to vote. When I showed up to my voting place to vote my provisional ballot, I told the person working there that I had tried unsuccessfully to register using motor voter, and he said that he had heard the story many times before.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2013 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Organized labor succeeded in sending three of its chosen candidates to the Los Angeles City Council and reelecting a fourth in Tuesday's election, allowing unions to retain their firm hold on the lawmaking body. Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield (D-Woodland Hills) and former Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes won seats in the San Fernando Valley and Mike Bonin prevailed in the race to replace Councilman Bill Rosendahl on the Westside. Union groups, including the county Federation of Labor, provided financial support for all three - and for Councilman Paul Koretz, who was reelected to a second four-year term.
NATIONAL
November 27, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A watchdog group filed a federal lawsuit in Cleveland to try to stop Cuyahoga County's elections board from rejecting thousands of provisional ballots until they were hand-checked against voter registration cards. People for the American Way Foundation said the board wrongly relied only on computerized registration records, which were compiled from the cards and could contain errors such as misspellings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1996
A ballot recount in the 46th Congressional District race will conclude today, Registrar of Voters Rosalyn Lever said, when she will certify results of the election. The recount, which was to have ended Thursday, was extended a day after Democrats requested a review of about 1,100 rejected provisional ballots--those cast by voters whose registration could not be verified at the polling place. The ballots had not been looked at during the recount. The recount was requested by Rep. Robert K.
NATIONAL
October 25, 2004 | From Associated Press
A judge's order requiring some provisional ballots in Michigan to be counted even if they are cast in the wrong precinct was put on hold Sunday, the second time in as many days that a federal appeals court dealt a setback to Democrats who wanted to ease voting restrictions. A 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel in Cincinnati issued a stay of a lower court ruling that had reversed Michigan's policy for counting provisional ballots, saying it would hear an appeal of the issue quickly.
NATIONAL
December 2, 2009 | By Richard Fausset
Kasim Reed, a former Georgia state senator, held a slim lead in Atlanta's mayoral runoff election, but the tally remained incomplete late Tuesday and appeared headed for a recount. If he maintains his lead, he would hold off a strong challenge from a white city councilwoman and continue the city's 35-year streak of African American leadership. The Fulton County elections office reported that Reed led Mary Norwood by 758 votes, 41,901 to 41,143, with 100% of the precincts reporting.
NATIONAL
November 3, 2004 | Sam Howe Verhovek and Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writers
Ohio emerged early today as the pivotal state of the 2004 presidential race, with tens of thousands of uncounted ballots potentially holding the key to who wins the White House. In a race with eerie overtones of the disputed election four years ago, Ohio was poised to assume Florida's role this time around -- the subject of supercharged legal wrangling and perhaps days or weeks of confusion over the final count.
NATIONAL
September 1, 2010 | By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski conceded the state's Republican primary to her "tea party"-backed rival Tuesday night, an outcome that illustrated voters' anger with the Washington establishment and the power of former Gov. Sarah Palin in her home state. Murkowski, who had trailed Joe Miller by fewer than 1,700 votes on election night, had made gains as election officials began counting thousands of absentee and provisional ballots. At one point on Tuesday, the margin narrowed to about 1,200.
NATIONAL
November 21, 2012 | By Cindy Carcamo
Two weeks after the election, the ballots are finally counted in Arizona. The delay - more than half a million were uncounted on election day - has left community organizers who registered a record number of Latino voters in Arizona reeling with frustration and suspicion. A crush of hundreds of thousands of early mail-in ballots received a few days before election day is partly to blame for the delay, election officials said. For Instance, Maricopa County recorder's officials were inundated with 200,000 early mail-in ballots just on election day. Statewide, more than 600,000 ballots were left uncounted that day - out of about 2.2 million ballots cast during this year's election.
NEWS
November 8, 2012 | By David Lauter
Mitt Romney's top campaign official in Florida conceded Thursday that President Obama will win the state, acknowledging a vote count that was moving inexorably against the Republicans. Several Florida counties are still counting ballots, but most of what remains are in areas of south Florida that Obama carried by significant margins. When all those ballots are tallied, they likely will add to the president's edge in the state, which was 55,832 votes as of Thursday afternoon, a lead of about 0.7%.
NEWS
November 6, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg
Voting rights advocates described the election in New Jersey on Tuesday as a "catastrophe," and said significant problems were also cropping up in Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania, among other places, although it was not possible to immediately verify all of those reports. In New Jersey, problems stemming from super storm Sandy caused election computers to crash and some polling places were not able to open by late morning, according to Barbara Arnwine, executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. She also said some poll workers were demanding identification from voters, in violation of state law. "There is just a word -- just one word -- to describe the situation around New Jersey, and that is catastrophe," Arnwine said in a teleconference that included representatives of a broad coalition of voting rights and civil rights advocates.The problems were not evident at precincts observed by Times' reporters in New Jersey.
NEWS
November 6, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg
In one Florida county, voters were wrongly told they could vote the day after the election. In storm-racked New Jersey, emergency plans to allow email voting proved too popular for election officials to handle. In Pennsylvania and Ohio, a variety of problems raised questions about the integrity of the vote. Although most Americans cast ballots without incident Tuesday, there were enough glitches to cause concern among voting rights activists and to provide work for some of the thousands of lawyers who were standing by, representing parties, candidates and nonpartisan voter advocacy groups.
NATIONAL
November 6, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
In one Florida county, voters were wrongly told they could vote the day after the election. In storm-racked New Jersey, emergency plans to allow email voting proved too popular for election officials to handle. In Pennsylvania and Ohio, a variety of problems raised questions about the integrity of the vote. Although most Americans cast ballots without incident Tuesday, there were enough glitches to cause concern among voting rights activists and to provide work for some of the thousands of lawyers who were standing by, representing parties, candidates and nonpartisan voter advocacy groups.
NEWS
November 5, 2012 | By Michael Finnegan
COLUMBUS, Ohio  - Both President Obama and Mitt Romney were heading to Ohio yet again on the eve of the election, with final polls showing the Democratic incumbent just a sliver ahead of his Republican rival in the most fiercely contested of the battleground states. Both were bringing big-name entertainers as warm-up acts to maximize crowd size at their closing events in Columbus - Bruce Springsteen for the president and, just a couple of hours later, the Marshall Tucker Band for Romney.
NEWS
November 1, 2012 | By David G. Savage
Ohio voters who insist on casting a ballot at the wrong polling place will not have their votes counted, a federal appeals court has ruled. Voters who show up at the wrong polling place next week will be told they cannot cast a legal vote there. And if they insist on casting a provisional ballot, it will go uncounted. The decision is the latest to clarify the rules for counting provisional ballots in Ohio, rules that will take on enormous importance next week if the presidential candidates are locked in a close contest.
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