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January 10, 1995 | MARK ROSENBAUM and KARL MANHEIM, Mark Rosenbaum is the legal director of the ACLU Foundation of Southern California; Karl Manheim is a professor of law at Loyola Law School and a volunteer ACLU attorney. The ACLU, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and a coalition of voting rights advocates are suing the state for failing to implement the National Voter Registration Act.
Gov. Pete Wilson is at it again. This time he's defying the law of the land by refusing to implement the National Voter Registration Act, commonly called the "motor voter" law. Mandated to go into effect Jan. 1, this law facilitates voter registration by making sign-up possible through the mail and at government offices, such as the Department of Motor Vehicles. Virtually all of the other 49 states were poised to implement this sound legislation. But not California.
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WORLD
April 3, 2014 | By Shashank Bengali
KABUL, Afghanistan - The last time Abdullah Abdullah ran for president of Afghanistan the election devolved into a bloody farce. Votes cast in some areas in 2009 exceeded the number of voters. One in 5 ballots nationwide was tossed out because of fraud. Thirty-one people died in insurgent attacks. Days before a runoff against President Hamid Karzai, Abdullah withdrew from the race, fearing more fraud in the incumbent's favor. Five years later, the Karzai era is ending, as is the dominant role of the United States in Afghan life.
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OPINION
August 29, 2002 | RICHARD RIORDAN and ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA, Richard Riordan, a Republican, is former mayor of Los Angeles. Antonio Villaraigosa, a Democrat, is former speaker of the California Assembly.
For the last 30 years, there's been a steady decline in voter participation in California. Only one in four eligible voters went to the polls in this year's March primary. This is an embarrassment to our state. We must do more to protect the integrity of the election system and encourage every eligible citizen to vote. One of the best ways to do that would be to approve a measure on the November ballot--Proposition 52--that would allow same-day voter registration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2014 | By Jean Merl
The nearly 3.8 million Californians who have applied for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act  will get help registering to vote under an agreement reached with several civil rights groups, officials announced Monday. The agreement heads off a potentially costly and time-consuming lawsuit and helps see that a sizable chunk of state residents can complete or update their registration in time for the June 3 primary election, advocates of the settlement said. It also brings the nation's most populous state into complicance with the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, which requires that certain state offices provide clients with voter registration opportunities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 1995 | BILL STALL, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
With less than two weeks to the qualifying deadline, preliminary voter registration figures from California counties critical to Ross Perot's hopes of creating a new national political party indicate that so far, the Texas billionaire's effort is falling far short of the goal. To qualify in California--the first, and perhaps most critical, test of the proposed new party's appeal--Perot and his supporters must register 89,007 new party members by Oct. 24. But on Tuesday, voter registrars for Orange and San Diego counties reported that only 437 people had signed up as new members of the proposed Reform Party.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 1995 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In what might be a first step toward changes in California voting laws, new Secretary of State Bill Jones asked elections experts Wednesday to help him identify problems and suggest remedies for issues ranging from voter fraud to eliminating dead people from registration lists. At what he labeled a one-day summit of local elections officials, county prosecutors and independent experts from throughout California, Jones found no shortage of issues, opinions and solutions. Almost immediately, Beatriz Valdez, Los Angeles County registrar of voters, challenged the notion of massive fraud in voter registration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2014 | By Jean Merl
The nearly 3.8 million Californians who have applied for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act  will get help registering to vote under an agreement reached with several civil rights groups, officials announced Monday. The agreement heads off a potentially costly and time-consuming lawsuit and helps see that a sizable chunk of state residents can complete or update their registration in time for the June 3 primary election, advocates of the settlement said. It also brings the nation's most populous state into complicance with the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, which requires that certain state offices provide clients with voter registration opportunities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2004
The deadline for registering to vote in the Nov. 2 election is Oct. 18. Voters may register by mailing in one of the forms available at most Ventura County government buildings as well as city halls, fire stations, libraries and post offices. For more information, call the Ventura County Registrar of Voters at 654-2781 or visit the registrar's website at www.ventura.org/election/Registration.htm.
NEWS
October 23, 2012 | By Joseph Tanfani
WASHINGTON - Three Democratic Virginia congressmen are requesting a Justice Department investigation of a Republican Party voter registration operation that has spawned an arrest in Virginia and fraud allegations in other states. In a letter, the lawmakers urged Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. to investigate whether there was a “broader conspiracy” of fraud stretching across several states.  “The number of allegations in a multitude of locations would seem to suggest something more than the isolated acts of 'a few bad apples,' " Reps.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Californians would be able to preregister to vote at age 16 and BB guns would have to be painted bright colors under two of the many pieces of legislation approved Tuesday by the state Senate. The measures, which now go to the Assembly for consideration, include SB 113, which allows 16-year-olds to preregister to vote, although they would still not be able to cast ballots until they turn 18. Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) said her bill would get teenagers excited about their civics classes and make it more likely that they will later participate in elections.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2014 | By Jean Merl
Heading off a lawsuit over compliance with a federal voting rights law, California officials have agreed to help millions of state residents register to vote. Under a deal announced Monday by several voting-rights groups, the state will send voter registration cards to nearly 3.8 million Californians who have applied for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The move will ensure that many residents can complete or update their registration in time for the June 3 primary election, representatives of the groups said, and bring the state into compliance with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2014 | Patrick McGreevy
A cherry farmer from the San Joaquin Valley holds the key to California Republicans' hopes of loosening Democrats' grip on the state Legislature. Andy Vidak, a Republican who owns an orchard in Kings County, stunned both parties last year with an upset victory in a Senate district where Democrats have a 22-point advantage in voter registration. He ran largely on the basics, promising to cure a shortage of both jobs and water in the agricultural district and oppose the costly bullet train proposed to split the Central Valley.
NATIONAL
March 19, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A federal judge has ruled that Kansas and Arizona should be allowed to require voters to provide evidence of U.S. citizenship, in a case closely watched by both sides dealing with the question of voter eligibility. U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren in Wichita, Kan., ruled that the U.S. Election Assistance Commission had no legal authority to deny requests from the two states to add the citizenship requirement. In the ruling, released Wednesday, he ordered the commission to revise the national form immediately.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - As Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer prepares to take power at City Hall, voters here are well aware what the game plan of a Republican mayor looks like. It's the strategy used by former Mayor Jerry Sanders, a Faulconer supporter, as he struggled to pull the city out of a financial mess: Keep city spending low, maintain a tight rein on labor unions, support business interests to help create jobs. But less clear is what Faulconer's surprisingly easy victory Tuesday over Democratic Councilman David Alvarez - 55% to 45% - means for the statewide GOP, which now holds no statewide offices.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Californians would be able to preregister to vote at age 16 and BB guns would have to be painted bright colors under two of the many pieces of legislation approved Tuesday by the state Senate. The measures, which now go to the Assembly for consideration, include SB 113, which allows 16-year-olds to preregister to vote, although they would still not be able to cast ballots until they turn 18. Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) said her bill would get teenagers excited about their civics classes and make it more likely that they will later participate in elections.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2014 | By Jean Merl, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
A Los Angeles jury on Tuesday convicted state Sen. Roderick D. Wright on all eight counts in his perjury and voter fraud trial. The Inglewood Democrat was indicted by a Los Angeles County grand jury in September 2010. He had pleaded not guilty and said he thought he had been following the law in 2007 when he took steps to run for the seat he has held since late 2008. In a trial that began Jan. 8, prosecutors accused Wright of faking a move to a rental property he owned in Inglewood so he could run in what was then the 25th Senate District.
NEWS
August 17, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
More than 132 million Americans voted in the 2008 elections, but how many of them registered to vote during an airline flight? Likely none, but that might change this election year. San Francisco-based Virgin America invites passengers on its flights to use smartphones to download an app to register to vote. The airline partnered with Rock the Vote for the novel voter registration drive that runs through November. Fliers can scan a QR code on the seat back facing them and receive an election registration app on their mobile device.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2014 | By Jean Merl
State Sen. Roderick D. Wright told jurors Tuesday that he thought he was doing what the law required and did not intend to deceive voters when he switched his official address to run for office. Questioning became heated at times during his testimony, which stretched over three court sessions. The Inglewood Democrat, who has pleaded not guilty to eight felony counts of perjury and voter fraud, talked about what made him believe he was acting lawfully, while prosecutors tried to show he had schemed to run for an office he was not entitled to seek.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- After a mostly polite campaign, San Diego voters go to the polls today to pick a mayoral replacement for Bob Filner, who resigned in August amid a flurry of sexual harassment accusations. If none of the candidates (11 on the ballot, one write-in) receives more than 50%, a runoff will be held between the two top vote-getters early in the new year. Polls suggest that the front-runner is Councilman Kevin Faulconer but that he will not receive enough votes to avoid a runoff.
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