The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on October 22, 1977 · 24
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Saturday, October 22, 1977
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24 Port I SaL. Oct 22, 1977 los Sngrlrs JTinifs Voter Signup Plan Would Not Benefit Democrats, Panel Told But Republicans at LA. Hearing Oppose Proposal to Erase Deadlines, Permit Registration on Election Day BY DOROTHY TOWNSEND Tinrn Stall Writer If deadlines were lifted to permit voter registration up to and including election day, the electorate would be bigger, but not significantly different, an Assembly committee was told here Friday. "The increases in turnout would be greatest among the uneducated and would progressively dwindle among well-educated people," Raymond E. Wolfingcr of UC Berkeley said. "It is a short and tempting step from these findings to the conclusion that registration reform would produce a drastically changed electorate that would (favor) the Democratic Party. ' "But, short and tempting as this leap might be," he said, "it is also wrong." Wolfingcr, among witnesses at a hearing on an Assembly bill that would establish election-day voter registration in California, said his projections stemmed from a hypothetical 1972 electorate based on a massive nationwide Census Bureau sample. Wolfingcr said in the 1972 general election, 51.1 of those who went to the polls called themselves Democrats or Independents "closer to" the Democratic Party. "With the ballot more accessible because of easier registration requirements, this Democratic share of the electorate would have gone up just three-tenths of a percentage point, to 51.4," he said. Wolfingcr acknowledged that elections have been decided by fractions of a per cent, "but such tiny differences in poll results arc not considered significant by people familiar with the limitations of survey research." Such a minisculc advantage "would do very little, if anything, for Democratic voting strength," he said. Other witnesses included representatives of California's Republican Party, which opposes the measure, and Democratic Party, which supports it. Assemblyman Jim Kcysor (D-San Fernando), author of the bill and chairman of the Assembly Committee on Elections and Reapportion conducting the hearing, said his measure would "enfranchise more than 4 million Californians" now ineligible to vote because or rauure to register in time or to reregister after changing address. foisting law provides for registration of voters, cither in person by deputy regis trars or by postcard registration, up to and including tnc zain day before an election. Kcysor's bill would lift the deadline and provide for registration of voters on clec lion day at satellite stations, set up on a ra tio of one to every 10 precincts, on evidence or identity and residence. Opponents of the proposal, which is simi lar to the universal voter registration act proposed by President Carter, have expressed fears about the danger of increasing voter fraud and the high cost of administering such a law. The California Republican Party opposes both the federal bill (HR 5400) and Key-sor's bill (AB 11), "not because we think our party is going to suffer but because of lack of safeguards, a COP spokesman, Deanc Dana, told Friday's hearing. The potential for voter fraud "is enor mous," he said, "and the requirement that some form of identification be provided at the polls is meaningless. Dana said that in Minnesota, a state that has permitted election day registration since 1973, officials in the 1976 election learned that in some areas "as high as 30 had registered twice." He also criticized the satellite station proposal as posing monumental adminis trative locations problems. "In Los Angeles County, it would require 8UO satellite loca lions and it's hard enough now to find schools (as sites for polling places). Kcysor said outside the hearing room at the Department of Health Building that he considered the voter fraud objection "is a straw man. The really tough problem is fi nancing." INMATES DISARMED AFTER MEXICO PRISON RIOTING GUADALAJARA, Mex. GB-More than 700 heavily armed policemen went from cell to cell Friday disarming prisoners at Jalisco state penitentiary, scene of bloody rioting and an inmate revolt last week. Security forces said two submachine guns, 30 pistols and more than 1,500 swords and daggers were seized during the search. The government regained control of the prison Oct. 12 after a two-day uprising in which about 400 rebels reportedly killed 14 trusties and seized control of the cellblocks and exercise yard. None of the 10 Americans being held at the 2,300-inmate jail was injured in the rebellion. Two hours after the search Friday a truck left the prison carrying 24 inmates. Police said the prisoners had been identified as leaders of last week's revolt and were being transported to security head quarters on the outskirts of Guadalajara. The leaders, officials said, included members of the Armed Revolutionary Forces of the People, an underground ter rorist group believed responsible for the 197J kidnaping of the U.S. consul in Guad alajara, Terrance G. Leonhardy. The rebellious inmates had demanded the abolition of the prison's trusty system under which inmate "coordinators" helped the guards control other inmates and re ceived numerous special privileges. The rebels said the trusties who were killed had abused, beaten and threatened other prisoners. The rebels also demanded better food, better medical care and more jobs. Warden Pedro Parra had agreed to the prisoners demands but he has given no in dication how he plans to run the prison without trusties. Girl's Suit Over Publishing Second School Paper Settled SAN DIEGO (iB-An undisclosed settlement has been made in a 16-ycar-old Imperial Valley girl's $1.6 million suit over a student newspaper, which she started without permission. The settlement against Holtvillc High School was ordered sealed by U.S. Magistrate Harry R. McCue. However, Norman Pliscou, the girl's father, said, "If Lisa was not satisfied with the settlement, she would not have agreed to the terms." Miss Pliscou's suit claimed the school district violated her First Amendment right of freedom of the press. After Miss Pliscou was demoted to a page editor of the recognized paper, she quit the staff and began another with other members of the Quill and Scroll Society for young journalists. U.S. Dist. Judge Gordon Thompson Jr. upheld the society's right to publish and ordered Holtvillc school officials to award credentials so that Miss Pliscou could solicit advertising off campus. But the Student Council then revoked the charter of Quill and Scroll, leaving her without a club to sponsor the paper called The First Amendment An attempt to form a new club called The First Amendment Club was denied by the council. Thompson's ruling has been appealed by the Holtvillc school district and attorneys for Miss Pliscou said they expect the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rule within a few months on the constitutionality of a second school papers. RAPIST CLAIMS 25TH VICTIM SACRAMENTO (UPI)-Thc masked man known as the "East Area Rapist." who has terrorized Sacramento for more than a year, claimed his 25th victim early Friday, a sheriffs spokesman said. The rapist, wearing a ski mask and armed with a knife and a revolver, sexually attacked a woman in her early 30s after ticing up her husband, spokesman Bill Miller said. Miller said, "We're as sure as we can be" that the rapist was the same young man police psychiatrists have described as being "inadequately endowed" and possibly in a "homosexual panic." Miller said two children were asleep in the house during the 75 minutes the rapist was in the residence located northeast of Sacramento, an area the rapist had not struck before. The rapist last struck Oct 1 in Sacramento. The first assault by the rapist was reported June 18, 1976. Miller said the attacker forced his way into the house through the garage. Clues Sought in Slaying of Singer Whitticr police. Friday were seeking leads in the bludgeoning murder of nightclub singer Barbara Kelly, who died Thursday at County-USC Medical Center from injuries inflicted by an unknown assailant Wednesday night Miss Kelly, 31, was found unconscious in the basement laundry room of the Whitticr apartment complex in which she lived. 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