Conservatives are crying foul in California, as Republican residents in the Los Angeles area complain about being prevented from casting ballots in the gubernatorial recall election.
According to KTLA, San Fernando Valley voters think something “wonky” is going on at polling locations like El Camino Real Charter High School in Woodland Hills, where they were told the computers showed them as already having voted, even though they had not.
Voters in this situation are forced to fill out a provisional ballot, which are only counted if elections officials confirm the voter is registered to vote in that county and you did not already vote in that election.
West Hills resident Estelle Bender, 88, told KTLA that a poll worker told her that they had been running into the problem all day. Bender said that she, her friends, and several other people she ran into at the polling place experienced the same issue.
Bender noted that this only seemed to be impacting Republicans, which made her suspicious.
“I’d still like to know how I voted,” she said.
The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s office said in a statement to KTLA that provisional ballots are a “failsafe option” to ensure that everyone’s votes are counted.
“Once the eligibility of the voter is verified, [the ballots] are processed and counted,” the statement added.
One Woodland Hills resident claimed he was told that 70 percent of voters in one polling location experienced the same issue.
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Conservative author and commentator Candace Owens declared on Twitter that the fix appears to be in.
“I received about 20 emails last night from people telling me that they went to vote for @larryelder, only to learn that they had already voted,” Owens wrote. “This needs to be investigated. It seems like the fix is in.”
Political commentator Dave Rubin reported another possible glitch on Twitter.
“Some crazy stuff happening with LA voting,” Rubin tweeted. “At my polling place a staffer told one of my employees that the electronic machines don’t count votes, just register that you voted. The staff count themselves. Are there cameras? Any system to verify and match?”
Earlier this month, voters in Riverside County complained about receiving multiple ballots in the mail for the recall election. A resident named Cheri, and several others, spoke with KABC News about the issue.
“It’s really hard to trust the process when nobody can explain why two ballots were mailed to one person,” said Cheri.
“My husband received two ballots for the presidential election, and it concerned me then,” she said. “But there was so much going on I didn’t address it. And now (it happened again), and I couldn’t not try to get to the bottom of why he’s receiving two ballots.”
What concerns Cheri the most is that the ballots both have different voter ID numbers. When she called the registrar’s office she was told that the second ballot was issued because of a transaction with the DMV in April 2020.
But Cheri said they hadn’t conducted a transaction with the DMV at that time. Regardless, she’s concerned.
“We want our vote to count, and we want to trust the registrar’s office that they have accurate rolls, and our fear is it could have ended up in the wrong hands. Our fear is they could have counted it twice.”
Last month, more than 300 recall ballots were found in a suspects car in Torrance, California, 21 miles southwest of downtown L.A.
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Joe Biden was dispatched to California on Monday to campaign for California Governor Gavin Newsom ahead of the recall election on Tuesday.