Parts of Los Angeles County on Super Tuesday faced issues with long wait times and operational errors on new voting machines, reports The Los Angeles Times.
Los Angeles County had its brand-new voting machines custom built in the hopes voting could be easy and accessible for its 5.2 million residents and poured $280 million into the project.
Six of the 15 voting machines at Echo Park’s Logan Street Elementary School were not functional, voting at Palisades Recreation Center in Pacific Palisades took an hour and the Echo Park Recreation Center had a 3-hour wait at a site equipped with just four voting machines.
The voting center at UCLA at one point had just nine of 39 machines working.
“Hey @LACountyRRCC, the vote center at @UCLA has only 9 machines working out of 39,” former Political Director for the Communication Workers of America Rafael Navar tweeted. “Lines are almost 2 hours long for students who need to go to class. Please resolve this ASAP to ensure all students are able to vote.”
Voters also said some locations didn’t open on time or were hard to find and that some electronic voter registration devices didn’t work.
An official review of the system by California’s top election office in December found a number of digital and physical flaws.
“We may be witnessing something like the emperor’s new clothes,” Susan Greenhalgh, vice president of policy at the National Election Defense Coalition advocacy group, told The Washington Post at the time. “We’ve been told that this is so great and so expensive and so fabulous for the past 10 years. And when it actually had to see the light of day and get scrutinized by some independent testers, it didn’t come close to meeting…expectations.”
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