Barger questions election irregularities

LOS ANGELES COUNTY – At today’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Kathryn Barger questioned L.A. County Registrar Dean C. Logan after learning that 118,522 voters’ names were accidentally left off rosters due to a printing error during yesterday’s primary election.

Logan said he would look into the problem to determine the reason for the printing error, but Barger, who reported that a number of voters had called her office and used social media to report issues and concerns, questioned Logan as to why effective quality assurance processes were not in place around the printed rosters.

“It is imperative that we understand what happened and how to prevent it in the future,” Barger said. “Our elections represent the cornerstone of our democratic process, and it is unfortunate that this incident may erode public confidence in our system. A thorough and comprehensive investigation is only the first step we must take to begin rebuilding the public trust.”

Although voters whose names are missing were encouraged to file provisional ballots which would be verified later, the Registrar estimates about 2.3 percent of the county’s 5.1 million registered voters and 35 percent of the county’s 4,357 precincts were affected by the error.

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