Hun­dreds have not re­ceived mail bal­lots

Of­fi­cials say they’re try­ing to reach the af­fected vot­ers ‘by any means nec­es­sary.’

Los Angeles Times - - CALIFORNIA - CHRIS­TINE MAI-DUC chris­tine.maiduc @la­

With days un­til the spe­cial con­gres­sional elec­tion in Los An­ge­les, hun­dreds of newly reg­is­tered vot­ers have not re­ceived the mail bal­lots they re­quested, county elec­tion of­fi­cials said.

More than 400 vot­ers who reg­is­tered as per­ma­nent mail vot­ers be­tween May 1 and May 31 have not got­ten their bal­lots, said Aaron Ne­varez, a man­ager for gov­ern­men­tal and leg­isla­tive af­fairs at the L.A. County regis­trar’s of­fice.

He said that al­though th­ese vot­ers showed up in the sec­re­tary of state’s data­base as per­ma­nent mail vot­ers, they did not ap­pear in the county’s records as mail vot­ers.

The cam­paigns of at­tor­ney Robert Lee Ahn and Assem­bly­man Jimmy Gomez, both Democrats, re­ceived an email about the is­sue Satur­day. They are run­ning to re­place Xavier Be­cerra.

County elec­tion of­fi­cials are try­ing to reach th­ese vot­ers by phone or email or even hand-de­liv­er­ing bal­lots to their doors, Ne­varez said.

“We’ve been at­tempt­ing to reach th­ese vot­ers through any means nec­es­sary,” he said.

Of­fi­cials say vot­ers may also turn in mail bal­lots at drop-off lo­ca­tions or visit the polls Tues­day.

The cause of the glitch hasn’t been de­ter­mined, and county and state of­fi­cials are still re­search­ing the mat­ter, Ne­varez said. It’s not clear whether more vot­ers might be af­fected.

The dis­crep­ancy was dis­cov­ered af­ter the Ahn cam­paign be­gan get­ting com­plaints from vot­ers that their bal­lots hadn’t showed up in their mail­boxes.

Ahn’s cam­paign used an ag­gres­sive voter regis­tra­tion ef­fort dur­ing the April pri­mary and has reg­is­tered hun­dreds of vot­ers since then, pri­mar­ily in Kore­atown.

Com­mu­nity ac­tivist and Ahn cam­paign vol­un­teer Grace Yoo said she and oth­ers helped many new vot­ers reg­is­ter on­line. When the com­plaints be­gan rolling in, Ahn cam­paign vol­un­teers started re­search­ing the bal­lot sta­tus of those they’d helped reg­is­ter and dis­cov­ered many had not got­ten their bal­lots.

“I’m hop­ing they’ll fig­ure out what the mis­take was,” Yoo said Fri­day. “That just seems like a re­ally high prob­lem rate.”

Chris­tine Mai-Duc

AN ER­ROR HAS left hun­dreds of newly reg­is­tered vot­ers without mail bal­lots. Above, res­i­dents cast their bal­lots early at the Pio Pico Li­brary in Kore­atown.

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