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March 6, 2010
On April 13, voters in the 43rd Assembly District will cast their ballots in a special election for the remainder of Paul Krekorian’s term. If no candidate gets more than 50%, a runoff takes place June 8 to decide the victor. Also on June 8 will be the regular primary election for the same district seat for the regular Nov. 2 election, which, in turn, will decide who serves in the state Assembly for the full two-year term. If this sounds like a mess, it is. That voters will have to go to the polls at least three, maybe four, times between April and November for the same seat, each time racking up the bill for local government, is a bureaucratic absurdity.
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By Dan Evans | April 14, 2010
In May 2007, I volunteered as a worker at an obscure Burbank polling station for an ignored election. The experience both awed me of the workings of American democracy and deeply concerned me regarding its vitality. We had about 600 registered voters for our little area, 12 of whom showed up at the polls. I am not sure how many people voted absentee, as the paperwork that would have showed that figure never arrived. From conversations with fellow poll workers, it seemed that this vital piece of paperwork often shows up days after the election itself.
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By Melanie Hicken | June 5, 2010
After months of campaigning and a contentious primary election, Democrat Mike Gatto and Republican Sunder Ramani will face off in a special election Tuesday for the 43rd Assembly District. The winner will serve the district, which represents Glendale, Burbank and parts of Los Angeles, until the end of the current legislative session in November. Tuesday also serves as the primary election for that Nov. 2 election for a full two-year term that begins next year. The seat has been vacant since January when Paul Krekorian left to serve on the Los Angeles City Council, leaving state Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge)
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By Melanie Hicken | June 9, 2010
Fresh off the special election for the 43rd Assembly District in which Democrat Mike Gatto was projected to win, voters now have roughly four months to prepare for yet another ballot to decide who will fulfill the full two-year term. When the election in November is all said and done, voters will have been asked to cast their votes four times for the same seat in about six months — a process that some stakeholders have said contributes to voter fatigue and confusion. The election also had to compete with the Lakers' championship series game.
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June 10, 2006
Once again the polls opened, and once again the vast majority of voters elected to stay at home instead of exercising their right to cast a ballot. This is one of the greatest paradoxes in America today ? that many people are happy to harp on about their rights and freedoms but are utterly apathetic about actually using those rights and freedoms. What makes this even worse is that, at this very moment, American and coalition troops are fighting and dying in Iraq to bring democracy to that country while voters in the U.S. seem utterly uninterested in switching off "Desperate Housewives" to drive a few minutes down the road to vote.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | May 17, 2013
Burbank officials have proposed axing the city's primary election, a move they say would save roughly $72,000 a year, but would also require voter approval. Critics called the proposal "short-sighted," but election experts said it may actually bring more voters to the polls. POLL: Shoudl Burbank axe its primary election? Burbank is one of just about 15 cities in the state that has more than one election, according to a city report. Neighboring cities Glendale, Pasadena and La Cañada-Flintridge are among the more than 460 cities in California with just one. The last time in Burbank that the primary results differed, in terms of top vote-getters, from those of the general election was in 1989, when the second top-vote getter in the primary won the treasurer seat in the general election, according to Deputy City Clerk Susan Domen.
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By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | March 11, 2011
Of the 10 precincts with the highest voter turnout in Burbank’s primary election, eight were from the hillside area, and the two City Council candidates remaining on the April 12 ballot have taken notice of that fact. Voter participation in the February primary fell 6% to 14.3%, the lowest point in recent years, according to city clerk records. With voter apathy reaching new heights, the two run-off candidates have mostly focused their campaigns on what likely will be a small pool of voters.
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By Jeremy Oberstein | November 12, 2008
BURBANK — Voters across Burbank and Glendale helped the two cities march toward record voter turnout Nov. 4, when residents also weighed in with great enthusiasm on the state’s ballot measures. The final figures, released Monday from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s office, show high voter turnout and a clear Democratic shift in Glendale, officials said. In Glendale, voter turnout was higher than it’s been in at least eight years, with 61.8% of voters casting a ballot Nov. 4 versus 48.9% in 2000.
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By Zain Shauk | March 3, 2010
New legislation could change the state’s electoral system to simplify complex races like one in Glendale and Burbank this year, when voters will likely hit the polls four times to fill one Assembly seat. The election to replace now-Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian as representative of the 43rd Assembly District has become representative of problems with an electoral system where midterm vacancies result in expensive elections, periods of underrepresentation and additional contests that are often unnecessary, experts say. A system called instant runoff voting, which has been considered locally and is practiced in San Francisco, Oakland and Australia, could change that, they say. “In a way, this is one of the elections that was the straw that broke the camel’s back because it’s one that made elected officials realize this problem, that this wave of cascading special elections is not going away,” said Gautam Dutta, deputy director of political reform for the New America Foundation.
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By Melanie Hicken | June 5, 2010
After months of campaigning and a contentious primary election, Democrat Mike Gatto and Republican Sunder Ramani will face off in a special election Tuesday for the 43rd Assembly District. The winner will serve the district, which represents Glendale, Burbank and parts of Los Angeles, until the end of the current legislative session in November. Tuesday also serves as the primary election for that Nov. 2 election for a full two-year term that begins next year. The seat has been vacant since January when Paul Krekorian left to serve on the Los Angeles City Council, leaving state Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge)
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By Dan Evans | April 14, 2010
In May 2007, I volunteered as a worker at an obscure Burbank polling station for an ignored election. The experience both awed me of the workings of American democracy and deeply concerned me regarding its vitality. We had about 600 registered voters for our little area, 12 of whom showed up at the polls. I am not sure how many people voted absentee, as the paperwork that would have showed that figure never arrived. From conversations with fellow poll workers, it seemed that this vital piece of paperwork often shows up days after the election itself.
NEWS
March 6, 2010
On April 13, voters in the 43rd Assembly District will cast their ballots in a special election for the remainder of Paul Krekorian’s term. If no candidate gets more than 50%, a runoff takes place June 8 to decide the victor. Also on June 8 will be the regular primary election for the same district seat for the regular Nov. 2 election, which, in turn, will decide who serves in the state Assembly for the full two-year term. If this sounds like a mess, it is. That voters will have to go to the polls at least three, maybe four, times between April and November for the same seat, each time racking up the bill for local government, is a bureaucratic absurdity.
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