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FILE - In this May 17, 2016, file photo, ballots are prepared for counting at Multnomah County election headquarters in Portland, Ore. The coronavirus has knocked presidential primaries back several weeks as officials worry about voters crowding into polling places. If the disease remains a hazard in November, Democrats say there's only one solution to preserve the November election, national voting by mail. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

How will we vote? Outbreak revives debate on mail-in ballots

Mar. 31, 2020 9:16 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — As the coronavirus pandemic knocks primary election after primary election off schedule, Democrats argue the outbreak shows the country needs to move toward one of their longtime goals — widespread voting by mail — to protect the November election. But Democrats' hopes...

Voters wait on line at a polling station at the University of Southern California on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Some California voters are waiting in long lines because of technical glitches connecting to the statewide voter database or too many users trying to cast ballots at once. The secretary of state's office said election workers in 15 counties could not connect to the statewide voter registration database on Super Tuesday but that the issues have been resolved. (AP Photo/Stefanie Dazio)

California asks LA County to mail ballots to deter delays

Mar. 5, 2020 4:45 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's top election official says Los Angeles County should mail ballots to its 5.5 million registered voters at least 29 days ahead of the November general election to avoid the lengthy delays that plagued polling places in the nation's most populous county on Super Tuesday....

Voters wait on line at a polling station at the University of Southern California on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Some California voters are waiting in long lines because of technical glitches connecting to the statewide voter database or too many users trying to cast ballots at once. The secretary of state's office said election workers in 15 counties could not connect to the statewide voter registration database on Super Tuesday but that the issues have been resolved. (AP Photo/Stefanie Dazio)

Voting changes, computer glitches mar California primary

Mar. 4, 2020 7:29 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A series of changes in California meant to boost voter turnout and smooth its new Super Tuesday primary election led to a surge in last-minute voters, computer problems and short-staffing that appeared to catch elections officials by surprise, triggering scathing criticism Wednesday. ...

Voters wait on line at a polling station at the University of Southern California on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Some California voters are waiting in long lines because of technical glitches connecting to the statewide voter database or too many users trying to cast ballots at once. The secretary of state's office said election workers in 15 counties could not connect to the statewide voter registration database on Super Tuesday but that the issues have been resolved. (AP Photo/Stefanie Dazio)

Long lines in Los Angeles County prompt Sanders complaint

Mar. 4, 2020 2:40 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Technical issues plagued voting sites throughout California on Tuesday, including in the nation's most populous county, where long lines and an overloaded new voting system prompted a legal complaint from Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Los Angeles County rolled out a...

FILE - In this June 5, 2018, file photo, voters mark ballots at a polling place in the library at the Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School in Los Angeles. Californians start voting Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, in a high-profile Democratic presidential primary that has no clear front-runner. For the first time, Californians can register to vote on election day at the polls. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

California voting changes raise concerns for 'Super Tuesday'

Mar. 2, 2020 2:17 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Major changes to the way people vote have election advocates on edge as Californians cast ballots in a high-profile primary that was moved up from June so the state could have a bigger say in picking presidential nominees. More than 2.7 million of a record nearly 20.7 million...

California OKs highly questioned LA County voting system

Feb. 4, 2020 1:49 PM EST

California’s secretary of state on Friday approved Los Angeles County’s new publicly owned computerized voting system — a first of its kind for the nation — but is requiring modifications to address serious security and technical problems identified in testing. Secretary of State Alex...

California voters to eye expanded rent control in November

Feb. 3, 2020 9:12 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters will consider expanding rent control statewide in November, the secretary of state's office said Monday, as they weigh in on the controversial issue for the second time in two years amid a worsening homelessness crisis. Secretary of State Alex Padilla said the...