California's Bewildering Ballot
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Democracy is said to depend on an educated electorate, but who could possibly know everything there is to know about the California ballot, not to mention what cities and counties have in store? We talk about how to get more information, when to vote and when not to. Also, will Los Angeles County have enough ballots? Will a week of early voting lead to a night of late counting?
Banner image: Official voter information guides are stacked for workers at the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder County Elections Operations Center for voting in the November 4 presidential election. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images
Will There Be Enough Ballots? ()
This year's election has created unprecedented interest, increased the number of registered voters and caused countless headaches for election officials. LA County's Registrar-Recorder, Dean Logan, thinks he printed enough ballots, but if a precinct runs out, voters will get "emergency ballots."
- Dean Logan: Registrar/Recorder, Los Angeles County
Making Sense of California's Bewildering Ballot ()
There's no question that Barack Obama is largely responsible for what's expected to be a record turnout all over the country. In California, same-sex marriage is also a big attraction. But what about all that other stuff? California voters are faced with dozens of choices—on the presidency, the congress, the state legislature, county and city offices--even judgeships. There are ballot measures to raise money, change government policies and cope with social issues. If you can't keep track of it all, you're not alone. How do you find out what you need to know, and what do you do if you can't?
- Tracy Westen: Center for Governmental Studies
- Robert Greene: Editorial Writer, Los Angeles Times
- Cortney Fielding: Superior Court Reporter, Los Angeles Daily Journal
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