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How to add keywords to Tweetdeck so you can filter out the "noise" of Election Day
While social media tools like Twitter can be wonderful for instantly gaging the pulse of a large amount of people, it can also be terribly annoying if you aren't interested in the converation of the day.
On Tweetdeck, for example, all you have to do is click the icon that looks like a gear, then click Settings, and then click Global Filter. Then type in the word you want to be filtered out and click Add Filter. Repeat that last step over and over using different words and suddenly you're back to reading about "The Walking Dead", the Lakers, and Lindsay Lohan's latest run in with the law.
Wired has 20 good keywords (like Obama, Romney, ballot, voted, etc.) that will do a decent job for Twitter users nationally, but here in Los Angeles we have some specific words that should be added to their list.
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Workers at the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder County Elections Operations Center pack materials to be delivered to polling places into ballot boxes on October 23, 2008 in the Los Angeles-area community of Santa Fe Springs, California. Citizens in 31 states including California have begun early voting in the November 4 presidential election.
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Rhys Buchele, left, and Serena Cline wait in line to vote at the George G. Golleher Alumni House during the 2012 presidential elections at Cal State University, Fullerton in Fullerton, Calif., Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Local residents were given a chance to vote at the polling location at the university campus.
After today's election, registrars of voter will be busy tonight counting ballots and sharing tallies with the public. Can't wait to have some fun with Election Day numbers? Here are some early "returns," courtesy of the Secretary of State:
- 18,245,970 is the number of Californians registered to vote for the November 6 election.
- The U.S. Postal Service must be happy this month: County elections officials report that they issued 9.1 million vote-by-mail ballots. That's a lot of envelope-licking.
- About 51% of all California voters are expected to vote-by-mail this election. If true, it would be the first time the number of mail-in ballots surpasses the number of ballots cast in precincts in the state, according to AP.
- We have 24,491 precincts throughout the state’s 58 counties, ranging from schools to garages in homes.
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The Los Angeles Times reports that promotions were manipulated within the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
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Today is Tuesday, Nov. 6, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
Promotions within the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department may have been manipulated, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Retired Sheriff's Chief Ronnie Williams said that about 2004, Paul Tanaka and Larry Waldie — the current and former undersheriffs — ordered him 'to make sure certain individuals were promoted to lieutenant and certain individuals were not promoted to lieutenant'," according to the newspaper.
KPCC has a rundown of the Congressional races to watch tonight.
12:10 a.m. Mary Bono Mack holds narrow lead in early returns; about a dozen California House seats up for grabs
About a dozen House races from San Diego to Sacramento remained hotly contested Tuesday as early returns showed political incumbents in a handful of California districts maintaining a razor-thin edge.
The state’s congressional races drew intense interest from national Democrats and Republicans alike this year, after California’s independent redistricting process transformed them from gerrymandered strongholds to free-for-alls in which once-safe, long-serving lawmakers fought for their political lives.
In one of the newly drawn districts in the rural San Joaquin Valley, early returns showed freshman Republican Rep. Jeff Denham staving off his Democratic challenger, former NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez.