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Democrats Decry Lack Of Lancaster Vote Centers For May 12 Special Election

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Social distancing guidelines at a vote center in Palmdale, CA (Libby Denkmann/LAist)
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A Democratic campaign says Los Angeles County may disenfranchise African American voters in the upcoming May 12 special election because of an uneven distribution of vote centers in the 25th district.

Voters will be choosing who will fill the remainder of Katie Hill's term in Congress.

Republican and Democratic campaigns are encouraging voters to vote safely from home by returning mail-in ballots.

But while nine vote centers are planned for the Los Angeles part of the district, there are none in the high desert city of Lancaster, which has one of the highest African American populations in the area.

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The Republican mayor of Lancaster, R. Rex Parris, also expressed concern:

"This is something the county should fix immediately. There should not be even the appearance of affecting the outcome by limiting the ability to vote."

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