May 28, 2014
Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to require candidates to file their campaign finance reports electronically, allowing the public to see them quicker.
The supervisors — with the exception of Gloria Molina, who was absent — voted unanimously in favor of the new rule, which county officials said would be in place by July 31, the first filing deadline for November’s runoff election.
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An increasing number of California cities and counties require candidates to file electronic reports showing who has given money to their campaign, but it has remained optional in Los Angeles County until now. In many cases, county election employees must first enter the information by hand from lengthy paper reports before it can be posted in a searchable online system.
And even candidates who file electronically must also file a paper copy. Workers in the county registrar-recorder’s office check the online version against the official paper record, which creates delays in posting.
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