LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair Mark Gonzalez released the following statement on the printing error which caused 118,522 names to be omitted from the voter rolls in precincts throughout Los Angeles County:
“As the LA County Democratic Party, voter protection is one of our highest priorities. A printing error seems to have caused the county registrar to omit the names of people with odd numbered houses in 1,530 of 4,357 precincts in LA County, forcing them to question their status until the situation was resolved. The resolution for this is for those affected to cast a provisional ballot. While it is true that voters whose names are not on their precinct’s voter roll can and must obtain that provisional ballot to cast their vote, it is an inevitability that many will have seen their names not on the voter roll and be turned off from voting entirely.
“History will show what kind of impact this will have had on this primary, particularly a close one that depends on every vote cast, but right now our goal is to use the remaining time this election day to get out the vote. A special emphasis is being placed on using these last hours and minutes to get out provisional ballots for those affected by this error. We will work closely with Dean Logan and the County Registrar to ensure this does not happen again and that every vote is counted.”
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