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"Some California election officials worry that a lengthy ballot and the 192-page voter guides sent to 12 million homes for the Nov. 7 election will discourage would-be voters...  This year's ballot lists candidates for eight statewide offices, 13 propositions and local ballot measures in nearly all 58 counties.  California Secretary of State Bruce McPherson said 24 counties have mail-in ballots requiring 63 cents of postage." 

The NAACP announced yesterday that it will send volunteer observers to polling places in 10 states to notify the Justice Department of any serious problems it spots.  The states: Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.  Beyond Maryland, where the group will base its HQ, the other nine "were chosen because they have pivotal elections, high concentrations of black voters or a history of polling problems, including Gulf Coast states Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Texas."