CA Recall Polling Center Rejects Republican Voters, Claims They ‘Already Voted’
Voters say they were told the computers showed them as already having voted
Self-identified Republican voters in California are reporting they are being rejected at recall election polling centers and being told they have "already voted."
Republicans say the computer is rejecting their votes and telling them they can't vote more than once, despite not yet submitting their ballots.
“At El Camino Real Charter High School in Woodland Hills, some voters say they were told the computers showed them as already having voted, even though they had not,” KTLA reports.
One woman says she was denied her vote at the school and says the same thing was happening to other conservatives.
Estelle Bender, 88, told the station that poll workers informed her and several of her friends that they had already voted.
She says she also witness another man arguing with a poll worker over the same issue.
“What happened today and how shocked are you?” a reporter asked Bender.
“Very,” Bender told KTLA.
"I went to El Camino High School to vote.
"Got there at 10:30.
"Gave her this [ballot] and she scanned and said ‘you voted,’ and I said, ‘no, I haven’t.'
"She said this has been happening all morning,” Bender further alleged.
"The man next to me was arguing the same thing,” she added.
Bender said she filled out a provisional ballot and left feeling “really angry.”
"I saw two women walking toward me as I left and I said, ‘don’t be surprised if they tell you’ve already voted, and she said, ‘They’ve already done that. If I voted, how did I vote?'”
According to Bender, the people she knew affected by the issue were “self-identified Republicans,” which gave her cause for suspicion.
“I asked the couple of young women that I talked to and I said, ‘Are you by any chance Republicans?’,” asserted Bender.
"And she said ‘yes’ and I said, ‘So am I'.”
The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s office said the equipment was “replaced” at the polling center and that provisional ballots are a “failsafe option” for "these kinds of glitches.”
"The voters who experienced this issue were offered and provided provisional ballots – the failsafe option to ensure no one has turned away from voting,” the statement said.
"Provisional ballots are regular ballots and once the eligibility of the voter is verified, they are processed and counted.
"After troubleshooting the issue, the equipment at the locations was replaced and voting continued.”