With some 5,000 polling places operating throughout Los Angeles County on Tuesday and a shortage of volunteers, some voting locations reported problems such as missing ink and other materials and a lack of staffing. Loyola Marymount University’s Center for the Study of Los Angeles, which had students at polling sites throughout the area, was keeping track of the problems through its Twitter feed, noting issues such as an absence of workers at one site, and voting machines without ink. “Still no ballots at Fire Station 99. Polls have been open for FOUR HOURS,” one tweet noted, referring to a site on the Westside.
At another polling place in Los Angeles, there were no voting machines. One student reported missing ballots at a polling place in Malibu. A number of places reported workers didn’t show up.
Elizabeth Knox, a spokeswoman for Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan’s office, said the county is prepared for glitches. “We have nearly 5,000 polling places in L.A. County and, unfortunately, we have experienced a handful of issues at polling places where the volunteers failed to show up,” Knox said. “We have contingency plans in place to assist in case this happens. We have sent out our backup poll workers to help set up and ensure every polling place is up and running and all L.A. County residents have the opportunity to cast their ballots.”