118,000 People Left Off L.A. County Voter Rolls
It was anything but smooth sailing in the state’s most populous county Tuesday, as a “random printing error” resulted in 118,522 voters being left off the rosters.
The snafu, which affected around 2.3% of the county’s registered voters and 35% of its precincts, caused panic, confusion, and a higher-than-usual amount of provisional ballots.
“We apologize for the inconvenience and concern this has caused,” said L.A. County Registrar Dean C. Logan whose office is working to determine the cause of the problem. “Voters should be assured their vote will be counted.”
Former L.A. Mayor and candidate for governor Antonio Villaraigosa called for an extension Tuesday night.
“I'm calling on @LACountyRRCC to keep the polls open longer because of the unprecedented number of voters left off the voter rolls. You have the right to vote. If you were turned away, return to your polling place & exercise your right to vote by requesting a provisional ballot.”
However, by late evening, it was clear that Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Republican John Cox would be advancing to the general election for governor. Villaraigosa thanked both men in a gracious concession speech and lent his formal endorsement to Newsom.