With a few hours left before polls close, Los Angeles County has announced that a “printing error affecting voting rosters” left more than 100,000 voters off the rolls, forcing them to cast provisional ballots — if they vote at all.
According to the county registrar-recorder’s office, 1,530 precincts in the county were affected by the printing error, with 118,522 voters’ names left off.
“We apologize for the inconvenience and concern this has caused,” said registrar-recorder Dean Logan in a statement. “Voters should be assured their vote will be counted.”
While Los Angeles County is heavily Democratic, the error could affect counting in a number of closely watched races. One Democrat working on the House campaigns pointed to the 39th district, which is split between Los Angeles County and Orange County and where the Democratic National Congressional Committee has been spending to get Gil Cisneros into a runoff.
“At best, this means there will be a lot more provisional ballots in CA-39,” the Democrat said. “These will take a longer time to count, and tonight’s [election day] results will likely be dramatically incomplete. At worst, this means that there were longer lines in the Hispanic precincts, which may have deterred people from voting.”
Provisional ballots, which are made available to voters whose status has been challenged at the polls, are tabulated after election day as officials verify the voters’ eligibility.
Former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who’s competing for a spot in the November gubernatorial election, tweeted out provisional ballot rules Tuesday.