Hundreds have not received mail ballots
Officials say they’re trying to reach the affected voters ‘by any means necessary.’
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.”
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.