October 11, 1995 |
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.
August 17, 1995 |
Nearly 100,000 Californians took advantage of a new law allowing voter registration at state driver's license offices in the first 45 days after the law took effect, state officials said Wednesday. Implementation of the controversial "motor voter" law in California was delayed by Gov. Pete Wilson, who sued last winter to block it. Two federal courts ruled against him and the law went into effect June 19.
July 25, 1995 |
A conservative panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, rejecting a challenge by Gov. Pete Wilson, Monday upheld the "motor voter" law requiring California to expand opportunities to register to vote. The unanimous decision by the three-member panel means that the Wilson Administration must continue implementing the federal law that allows residents to register in motor vehicle, public assistance and other state offices.
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April 21, 1995 |
Saying California's election rolls are vulnerable to duplication and abuse, Secretary of State Bill Jones called Thursday for various reforms in voter registration practices. Among his recommendations are the creation of a statewide list of registered voters and a requirement that people provide some sort of identifier--such as a driver's license number--when they register to vote.
February 28, 1995 |
No sooner had new Secretary of State Bill Jones taken office last month and started his quest to eliminate any hint of fraud from the elections process than he stumbled on two surprises: the possible misuse of voter registration records for commercial purposes through computers and the knowledge that he could do little about it.
February 23, 1995 |
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.
November 27, 1994 |
Allegations of balloting misdeeds are floating through the air like the yellow leaves of autumn. U.S. Senate candidate Mike Huffington, refusing to concede defeat, raises concerns that "massive voting irregularities" may have led to his loss. Backers of the victorious Proposition 187 form a voter fraud task force, citing reports of non-citizens going to the polls. A Los Angeles County supervisor demands an investigation into purported incidents of voter registration fraud.
April 21, 1994 |
Heeding appeals to protect entertainers from stalkers and other criminals, the Senate Elections Committee voted Wednesday to restrict public access to voter registration records. Sponsored by acting Secretary of State Tony Miller and supported by the Screen Actors Guild, the bill was approved on a 4-0 vote and sent to the Appropriations Committee.
October 23, 1992 |
A record 15.1 million Californians are registered to vote in the Nov. 3 general election and signs are pointing to a potentially heavy turnout, both in the precincts and in absentee balloting, election officials said Thursday. One expert predicted that 11 million Californians might vote this year, nearly 1 million more than the number voting in 1988, the only election in California history in which turnout exceeded 10 million.
October 21, 1992 |
Two years ago, the state Democratic Party stood in disarray, having lost its third consecutive gubernatorial race to the sleek, well-oiled state Republican Party juggernaut. These days, however, a transformation has taken place. California Democrats registered nearly three times as many voters from May to September. The state GOP is locked in a wrenching, intraparty feud between moderate Gov. Pete Wilson and the Christian right.