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Buying an Election

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At the LA Times today, Jim Newton is a little concerned that all anyone has to do to be eligible to vote in a neighborhood council election is buy a cup of coffee in the area and present a receipt: "As the law stands, there is nothing to stop any interested party — a developer, say, or a labor union or anyone who just wanted access to $45,000 — from rounding up 50 or 60 people, buying them a cup of coffee and directing them to vote." One Echo Park man rounded up voters to get him elected in Rampart Village on the same day he was elected in his home neighborhood. [LAT]