County workers are expediting the count of what is likely to be thousands of provisional ballots Wednesday due to a printing glitch that left nearly 120,000 voters off of Los Angeles Country rolls. A spokesman for the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office said an estimate of the total provisional ballots was expected to be released late this afternoon and the root cause of the error was still being investigated. In the wake of the problem, members of the Board of Supervisors summoned Dean Logan, the county’s registrar-recorder/county clerk, to answer questions during a weekly public hearing. Logan first offered his “regret and apologies that we fell short … I understand the gravity of it,” before assuring the board that there was no issue related to individual voters’ eligibility to vote.
“This was an issue with the names being printed on the rosters in the polling places,” Logan said. Just what caused that issue was not explained.
Supervisor Sheila Kuehl called for a “deep dive” investigation into the glitch, saying she had heard multiple explanations, including voters left off rolls because they hadn’t voted for many years or because their birth date was omitted from records.
“They may all be true, it may have been the perfect storm,” Kuehl said. “But we need to know … what was that glitch?”