Software Error Blamed for L.A. County Voter Glitch

An investigation by IBM has finally yielded some answers about the June 6th election glitch that saw more than 100,000 L.A. County voters left off the rosters.

According to an executive summary of IBM’s report released Wednesday, software incompatibility was at the center of the mishap. L.A. County’s election software was not updated after the state made changes to its Official Voter List. Due to incongruity between the two systems, L.A. County’s system “generated voter records with empty spaces for the birth dates of 118,509 voters,” according to a county press release. That meant the voters were incorrectly identified as underage.

Routine checks by county election personnel should have identified the issue before polls opened. That does not appear to have happened. IBM’s report does not delve into any missteps by county employees, but it does recommend new quality control measures in addition to updating county software.

Read the full executive summary here