Printing error omits 118000 names from voting rosters in Los Angeles County

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Lucy Nicholson Reuters

Early Tuesday morning the county clerk's office became aware of a printing error that led to almost 120,000 county residents being inadvertently left off voting rolls which may have contributed to the large provisional ballot totals as those affected voters were asked to vote using a provisional ballot.

Actor Henry Winkler - best known for playing Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli on the 1970s sitcom "Happy Days" - said his name was not listed at his polling place when he went to vote in California's primary Tuesday.

Along with the governor's race, Californians had been voting in primaries for each senators and quite a lot of U.S. Home races.

Gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa, the former Democratic mayor of Los Angeles, told supporters at his election night party that his campaign asked the Los Angeles County registrar to keep polls open longer.

Turnout in Los Angeles County was similarly low to the rest of the state, where only about a third of voters were expected to cast ballots.

The local registrar's office has said registered voters who have been affected by the printing error can cast provisional ballots that will be counted, Los Angeles' KTLA reported.

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There are about 5.1 million registered voters in the county according to the county clerk's website which means about 10 percent of the county's potential voters have yet to have their votes counted.

Our office is working to determine the root cause of the problem, which arose when some data was not included in the printed lists.

"I'm calling on @LACountyRRCC to keep the polls open longer because of the unprecedented number of voters left off the voter rolls". "You have the right to vote".

The error caused confusion at some polling places.

Previous election information present that on common 85 to 90 % of provisional ballots are chose to be legitimate and counted, based on the Registrar-Recorder's workplace.

Republican John Cox, who has the endorsement of President Donald Trump, has been projected by the AP because the second finisher, which might safe him a spot on the November poll towards Newsom.

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