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How to increase voter turnout: Add to the list of candidates "None of the Above." JACK FULBECK Covina
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March 11, 2014 | By David Lauter
WASHINGTON -- After a deluge of television ads, robocalls and mailers fueled by more than $12 million in campaign spending, only one thing is certain about today's special congressional election in Florida: The results will be over-interpreted. Public polls have shown Democratic candidate Alex Sink clinging to a very small lead over Republican David Jolly. But as of Monday, with more than 125,000 mail-in ballots and early votes cast - probably 60% to 70% of the total vote - registered Republicans have outnumbered registered Democrats by a little more than 5,000 voters.
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June 26, 2012 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
With a 24/7 news cycle focused heavily on politics, you'd think election day would bring out a bonanza of voters. With the exception of the 2008 presidential election, though, every polling place I've frequented has been a sleepy affair. On June 5, the California primary, there were five workers, plus me and my dog,  in the room. Pathetic. In its annual Ideas Report , the Atlantic proposes a solution: To increase voter turnout, abolish the secret ballot , writes Sasha Issenberg, who argues for a return to the public process we saw during the United States' first century.
NEWS
March 11, 2014 | By David Lauter
Republicans scored a significant victory in a special congressional election Tuesday, holding onto a seat in a swing district in Florida that Democrats had high hopes of capturing after a campaign that focused heavily on President Obama's healthcare law. With all precincts reporting, Republican David Jolly held a 3,400-vote margin over Democrat Alex Sink in the district, which stretches along the Gulf Coast north of St. Petersburg. The returns remain unofficial until final mail-in and provisional ballots can be counted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
A state lawmaker has a possible answer to the dismal voter turnout in Los Angeles city elections. State Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) said it was frustrating that only about 19% of eligible voters in Los Angeles turned out to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots for a new mayor, as well as other city posts. His answer: Hold Los Angeles elections for citywide offices at the same time as the presidential election, when voter turnout is much greater. The last presidential election saw about 54% of Los Angeles-area voters show up at the polls.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | By Jean Merl
From dysfunctional technology to disaffected voters, California's next top elections official is going to have his or her hands full. But all of the six men who have filed paperwork to run for secretary of state so far said at a candidates forum this week that they could solve those problems and more. The event, co-hosted by the ACLU of Southern California, the League of Women Voters of California and the California Endowment, was the first of four such sessions planned around the state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - When Councilman Kevin Faulconer raises his hand Monday and is sworn in as mayor, he will take over the final 33 months of Bob Filner's scandal-shortened tenure. But in political terms the key number is not 33, but 20, or maybe 24 - the number of months before Faulconer, a Republican, will need to begin campaigning for a second term. Historically, that has not been a problem here. No San Diego mayor has been denied reelection since a Democrat lost in 1971 - one mayor, a Republican, was even reelected while he was fighting corruption charges that ultimately drove him from office.
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.
WORLD
January 18, 2014 | By Amro Hassan and Laura King
CAIRO -- More than 98% of Egyptians voted in favor of a new constitution heavily promoted by Egypt's military-backed government, according to final official results released Saturday. Results of the referendum held Tuesday and Wednesday were depicted by the military-backed interim government as a public repudiation of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist movement that Egyptian authorities have spent the last six months trying to crush. The tally of 98.1% in favor tracked with unofficial results that had been released two days earlier, which suggested overwhelming backing.
WORLD
January 18, 2014 | By Laura King and Amro Hassan
CAIRO - Setting the stage for a potential presidential run by the country's military chief, Egyptian election authorities declared Saturday that more than 90% of voters had approved a new constitution, according to final official results. Results of the referendum held Tuesday and Wednesday were depicted by the military-backed interim government as a resounding public repudiation of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist movement that Egyptian authorities have spent the last six months trying to crush.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - Two members of the City Council will advance to a runoff early next year in the special election to find a mayoral replacement for the disgraced Bob Filner. After a polite campaign and turnout that was lower than predicted, Councilman Kevin Faulconer, a Republican, was the top vote-getter Tuesday, with Councilman David Alvarez nosing out former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, a fellow Democrat, for the second spot. A runoff will pit Faulconer's support from the city's business leadership and arguably its most popular public figure, former Mayor Jerry Sanders, against Alvarez's endorsement by the city's labor unions and the Sierra Club.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - In early returns Tuesday, San Diego Councilman Kevin Faulconer appeared headed for a runoff election with either former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher or Councilman David Alvarez to succeed the disgraced Bob Filner as mayor. While Faulconer, 46, the only Republican among the major candidates, had a sizable lead, he appeared to lack the 50% plus one vote needed to win the job without a runoff. Fletcher, 36, was narrowly ahead of Alvarez, 33, a fellow Democrat. A third Democrat, former San Diego City Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
Dwarfed by the looming seal of a troubled city, a group of nearly a dozen candidates crowded on the City Council dais, shoulder to shoulder, taking turns explaining why they should be the next mayor of San Bernardino. There was the retired coach who said he could whip the city into shape like the boys on his wrestling team. The developer who wanted to make it easier to build. The real estate broker running on a platform of prayer, transparency in government and turning a languishing shopping mall into the world's largest skate park.
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