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L.A. County Primary Voting Was Plagued With Technology Flaws


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People use new voting machines in Los Angeles during the March 3 primary.

The Los Angeles County Registrar's Office attributes delays and long lines during the March 3 primary election to a key feature of its new electronic voting system.

Credit: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times

A report by the Los Angeles County Registrar's Office attributes delays and long lines during the March 3 primary election to a key feature of its new electronic voting system.

The electronic poll books used to register voters experienced network and capacity issues despite the availability of ample network bandwidth.

In some cases, it took two hours to update the records showing a voter had cast a ballot in the election.

It was impossible to download the latest data from the county's voter database because the devices were configured to stop an update if it took more than 15 minutes.

The cutoff for syncing data was changed to 30 minutes that afternoon, but many poll books did not complete synchronization and continued to prompt election workers to issue provisional ballots.

From Los Angeles Times
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