Video: Voting Problems Arise in Venice, Some Voters Reportedly Turned Away [Updated]
Several voters in Venice this morning were either turned away or voted provisionally, reports John Wellington Ennis of Video the Vote. "At the Venice Methodist Church on Lincoln and Victoria in Venice/Mar Vista, there are two tables for two different precincts," he explained. "This morning, only one of those precinct tables was set up and serving voters, while the superintendent of the other table apparently quit and did not deliver the necessary materials — poll books, voting machines, ballots, more."
By 10 a.m., he said voters were able to vote on regular ballot.
"Voting is never enough," Ennis said. "We must ensure that our votes are counted, that they are carefully collected, and that ballots are even accessible. The purpose of monitoring is not to harangue poll workers and civic administrators, but to ensure that citizens know their rights, know that others are looking out for them, and that the process can be observed and documented for improvement."
[Update: Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan told LAist that trouble shooters and coordinators were dispatched once his officer was notified of the problem. "I certainly acknowledge it was chaotic," he said over the phone, noting when the inspector didn't show up, poll workers did what they were instructed to do. "We do have emergency procedures in place to handle situations like that until we replace supplies and workers out there."
Logan said provisional ballots are a safety net for voters and that in these situations, his office has to practice due diligence. He said 93% of provisional votes were verified and counted in the 2006 gubernatorial primary.
There are 4,822 polling places and 19.288 poll workers serving around 4.3 million registered voters in L.A. County today. 741 voters are assigned to this specific Venice precinct and about 28 of them voted provisionally this morning.]