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February 03, 2014



Ann K. and Nirmala spent the same amount but Ann got almost exactly twice the votes. There's a message in there somewhere for someone.

Been here forever

The real question is why should an incumbent have to spend so much money? And secondly, one would hope that an incumbent would get twice the votes of one running on the coat tails of Terry Nagel, even though neither got my vote. Brownrigg spent little and did just fine as an incumbent seeking reelection. Keighran and Nagel should both look for something else with which to occupy their time.


Too bad Kevin Mullin couldn't just look at his own neighborhood for inspiration! From the DJ

The state of California would foot the bill for future election recounts triggered by close races under proposed legislation introduced Thursday by Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco.

The Peninsula lawmaker announced plans for such a law during the legislative recess and followed through yesterday by gutting an existing Senate bill. The proposed bill would require a state-funded recount when the difference between second and third place is one-tenth of 1 percent.

Mullin saw the need for change after state controller candidate John Perez, a termed-out Los Angeles assemblyman, sparked a recount in the June primary results. The race highlighted issues that are long due for fixing, according to Mullin.



Here's an interesting tidbit from the SacBee:

Even as voting by mail becomes increasingly common in California elections, more mail ballots are not being counted, according to a study of mail voting in three counties, including Sacramento.

The report, released Tuesday by the nonpartisan California Voter Foundation, found that 0.8 percent of the mail ballots cast in four elections in Orange, Santa Cruz and Sacramento counties were never counted. Sixty-one percent of them arrived after Election Day. Twenty percent of the ballots had not been signed, and in 18 percent of the cases, election officials concluded that the signature on the ballot did not match the voter’s signature the office had on file.

Kim Alexander, the voter foundation’s president and the main author of the report, said she she is confident that its findings also apply to the state’s 55 other counties.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/08/20/6640343/late-arrival-missing-signatures.html#storylink=cpy

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