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May 3, 1986
Monday is the last day to register to vote in the June 3 election, which includes the gubernatorial primary. To handle an expected surge of people signing up, special provisions have been made to allow registration over the weekend and until midnight Monday. The County Registrar of Voters and the offices of clerks in the county's 14 cities will be open as usual from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.
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.
June 14, 1994 | Chris Woodyard / Times staff writer
AST Research likes to think that in its own small way, it helped bring about democracy in South Africa. That's because 400 of its Premmia personal computers were used by that nation's Independent Electoral Commission to register voters leading up to last month's elections. The Irvine-based company produced the computers that were used to log the names and other information for temporary voter cards to keep the elections free and fair.
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.
April 29, 1998 | NONA YATES
Monday is the last day to register to vote in the June 2 primary. * Who may register: You must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old on or before election day, and a California resident for 29 days before the election. If you move within 28 days of the election, you may vote by returning to your former precinct or by obtaining an absentee ballot for that precinct. If you are in prison or on parole for a felony conviction, you are ineligible to vote.
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.
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.
June 17, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court threw out an Arizona law Monday and by a surprisingly lopsided vote, ruling state officials may not demand a proof of citizenship from residents who register to vote. The 7-2 decision written by Justice Antonin Scalia said this “proof of citizenship” requirement conflicts with the national Motor Voter Act. The measure said states must “accept and use” a simple registration form when filled out by residents who are registering to vote. Scalia insists on closely following the words of the law, and in this instance, the words of the federal measure were clear in their meaning, he said.
March 27, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
An online voter registration system launched by California for last November's election appears to be bringing more lower-income people into the political process, according to an academic study. Researchers at UC Berkeley looked at the 839,297 people who registered to vote online before the election, and found that the breakdown was ethnically similar to those who registered in person or through the mail. However, the results showed more online registrants came from low- and middle-income neighborhoods than expected, according to researchers Lisa Garcia Bedolla and Veronica N. Velez.
March 20, 2013
It's a familiar story: Out of an exaggerated concern about potential election fraud, a state adopts procedures that have the effect of disenfranchising perfectly qualified voters. In this case, the state of Arizona is demanding that would-be voters provide proof of citizenship beyond what Congress has required. The Supreme Court, which heard arguments about Arizona's policy on Monday, should strike the requirement down. In 1993, Congress enacted the National Voter Registration Act, popularly known as the "motor voter" law because, among other provisions, it allows citizens to register to vote when they apply for a driver's license.
November 1, 2012 | By Joseph Tanfani, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - When elections officials in Palm Beach County, Fla., checked out a form indicating that Carlos Ferrer, 36, wanted a new voter ID, they knew something was wrong. Ferrer is 43, and, instead of his home, the form listed his address as the Land Rover dealership where he works. Ferrer didn't fill out the form. It was one of the suspicious registrations linked to a voter turnout campaign financed by the Republican National Committee, an operation that has spawned criminal investigations in Florida and elsewhere.
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.
October 16, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Californians who want to cast ballots in next month's election can register to vote as late as Oct. 22, but that is not what many people heard Monday when they called a hotline operated by the secretary of state's office. Some callers to (800) 345-VOTE got a recorded message giving correct information. Others heard an inaccurate message saying, "Voter registration for the Nov. 6 election is now closed. " The incorrect message was removed from the hotline at 4:15 p.m. Monday, according to an email from Shannan Velayas, a spokeswoman for California Secretary of State Debra Bowen.
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