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Historian explains Electoral College, proposes changes

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Approximately 500 people attended Historian Jack Rakove’s talk, “Can We Ever Get Rid of the Electoral College” Jan. 11 at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills.

America inaugurates Donald Trump as the 45th U.S. president Friday. Eager to understand the businessman’s unlikely ascension, approximately 500 Bay Area residents convened at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills last week for some historical context about the electoral system that made his presidency possible.

The League of Women Voters of Palo Alto sponsored the Jan. 11 event, a presentation by historian Jack Rakove titled “Can We Ever Get Rid of the Electoral College?” League member Diane Rolfe set the scene for Rakove’s standing-room-only audience.

Local Democrats vote for state delegates

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Hillview Community Center was full of attentive voters listening to candidate speeches. More than 40 individuals ran for 14 delegate spots to attend the state Democratic Convention in May.

More than 700 people from State Assembly District 24 stood in the rain Jan. 7, waiting to enter Hillview Community Center and vote for local delegates to the 2017 California Democrats State Convention.

Voters selected seven men and seven women to represent the district at May’s state convention. According to Alyson Abramowitz, convener for the day, 775 Democrats voted for the delegates. Margaret Okuzumi was elected to the executive board of the state Democratic Party.

Despite recounts, Registrar plans to call races

Despite an ongoing hand recount, clarity is about to arrive for the Los Altos and Los Altos Hills City Councils – and current top vote-getters Lynette Lee Eng and Roger Spreen are expected to be named winners tomorrow, according to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters.

Close margins in three local races trigger recounts

Official recounts began Monday for close races in Santa Clara County, and the Los Altos area was overrepresented – three races of interest to local residents will receive a closer look this week.

Countywide, 10 races triggered a recount with margins of fewer than 25 votes or 0.5 percent. According to spokeswoman Anita Torres, the registrar’s office will work throughout the week and weekend to finish all recounts prior to the mandatory election certification deadline Dec. 8.

Ballot recounts likely in three local election races

Three local races remain too close to call, even two weeks after Election Day.

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ROV employees compare mail-in ballot signatures with voter registration signatures.

The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters has tallied up 95 percent of the ballots cast Nov. 8 but still has 1,000 mail-in and 26,000 provisional ballots to count. Unless those final numbers substantially skew the results, recounts are on the way for the Los Altos and Los Altos Hills City Council races and the Cupertino Union School District.

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