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September 2, 2003 | Allison Hoffman
There are several ways to request an absentee ballot. The application is included in the sample ballot pamphlets mailed out by county elections officials to registered voters several weeks before the election. Voters in some counties, including Los Angeles, can print absentee ballot application forms from county elections Web sites. Those forms must be mailed to the registrar.
September 21, 2003 | Allison Hoffman
County officials aren't sure, partly because no one knows if all 135 candidates will remain on the ballot if the election is delayed. If all the candidates stay in the race, then counties might have to print extra ballot pages. In Los Angeles County, officials said they might have to lease additional voting machines to accommodate both the recall and the presidential primary election. But counties estimate that they have already spent as much as $35 million on the special election.
June 18, 2003 | Michael Finnegan, Times Staff Writer
After months of refusing to say whether they might run to replace Gov. Gray Davis in a recall election, two leading Democratic contenders said Tuesday that they would not join the race if it occurs, offering Davis the first hint of party unity he has sought to save him from getting tossed out of office. Davis and his allies continue to hope they can keep the recall off the ballot. But the announcements by Atty. Gen.
State Sen. David A. Roberti (D-Van Nuys) is holding a wide lead in his fight to beat back an April 12 recall election that has been largely organized by firearms rights advocates and is being closely watched nationally as a referendum on gun control. A Times poll conducted March 19-24 found that among 1,151 potential voters in his San Fernando Valley district, Roberti holds a 40% to 22% advantage.
October 24, 2002 | Daniel Yi, Times Staff Writer
Santa Ana Unified School District officials Wednesday moved the recall election of trustee Nativo V. Lopez to Feb. 4, three weeks ahead of the originally scheduled date. They switched the date in hopes of holding the special election on the same date as an anticipated election to fill a county supervisorial seat, which could save the school district tens of thousands of dollars. District officials said they learned Wednesday that the Orange County registrar of voters had picked Feb.
August 19, 2003 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge delayed until Wednesday a decision on whether to postpone the gubernatorial recall election until March, when six urban counties, including Los Angeles, are expected to have new, more reliable voting machines. Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California are seeking to block the use of punch-card ballots in the Oct. 7 election, arguing that the equipment is too error-prone.
August 17, 2003 | Allison Hoffman
Because recall elections must occur within 60 to 80 days of the recall petition's being certified. Secretary of State Kevin Shelley certified the petition July 23. According to the rules laid out in the California Constitution, the election had to be scheduled on a Tuesday between Sept. 21 and Oct. 7. The October date was chosen because it provided the longest possible period for candidates to get into the race and gave county registrars the maximum amount of time to prepare for the election.
August 2, 1990 | FRANK MESSINA
Final financial statements filed this week show that pro-recall forces raised $498,657 in a failed attempt last February to unseat Councilman Robert A. Curtis. The documents also show that the Mission Viejo Co. contributed almost $300,000 to the Alliance for Mission Viejo, a citizens' group that spearheaded the recall drive. Angered by Curtis' slow-growth advocacy, the development company joined several other builders in providing about $470,000 of the money raised by the citizen group.
September 17, 2003 | Michael Finnegan, Times Staff Writer
With doubt looming over the date of California's gubernatorial recall vote, the top candidates moved forward Tuesday on a gamble that they still have less than three weeks left to campaign. Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger took questions at a campaign forum in Los Angeles while his GOP rival Tom McClintock worked the talk-radio circuit. Gov. Gray Davis campaigned across the state, and fellow Democrat Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante put his first television commercial on the air.
September 10, 2003 | Allison Hoffman
If a candidate withdraws from the race, his campaign account remains open until the end of the election cycle. During this time, the candidate can pass funds on to other campaigns or to nonprofit political groups. After the election cycle, the recall campaign account must be closed. Any excess funds are usually transferred into a new account for future races.
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