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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.
October 30, 1994
The attempted recall of state Sen. David A. Roberti (D-Van Nuys) has prompted this proposal. It would change the number of days a governor has to place the recall election of a state officeholder on the ballot. Under an obscure provision in the Constitution, the governor now must set an election within 60 to 80 days after a sufficient number of signatures have been gathered calling for the recall of an officeholder. Proposition 183, a constitutional amendment proposal authored by state Sen.
July 9, 2003 | Gregg Jones, Times Staff Writer
SACRAMENTO -- Strategists for Gray Davis conceded Tuesday that a recall election was likely and moved into full campaign mode, expressing confidence that they could convince voters not to oust the unpopular governor. Even as they mobilized, however, Davis advisors also were researching grounds for legal action and said they might move as quickly as this week to challenge the signature-gathering process in court.
If hell hath no fury like a Republican scorned, then Doris Allen could be scorched Nov. 28. That's the day the embattled Cypress assemblywoman faces a recall election fostered by her brethren in the GOP, who have accused Allen of all manner of transgressions against the party.
December 15, 1996 | JOHN COX, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Police call on voters for protection. A woman is charged with pummeling a heckler during a political rally. A judge says city councilmen conspired to dodge their duties. It's politics as usual in Hawaiian Gardens. More than a year has passed since the city divided over a referendum on building a poker club. But judging by events leading up to this week's recall election for four members of the City Council, the battle over Measure A isn't over.
October 6, 2003 | Allison Hoffman
In California, there is no law that automatically requires a complete recount if election results are close. But any voter can request a county-by-county recount within five days after the counting process is completed. Each county sets a price for a recount, which, in large counties like Los Angeles, could cost tens of thousands of dollars or more. A grand jury can demand a recount if the panel suspects that faulty voting equipment affected the outcome of the election. Allison Hoffman
August 31, 2003 | Allison Hoffman
There are several reasons why polls show different results. The timing of the poll is a key factor, because voters are influenced by the campaign news during the time the survey is conducted. The wording of poll questions also is important. Surveying registered voters will often yield different results than surveying likely voters. Different polls survey widely different numbers of likely voters.
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