In California, there are claims that some self-identified Republicans were told they “Already voted” when they arrived at their polling center.
“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,” reported KTLA.
Estelle Bender, 88, stated that a poll worker informed her that she and several of her friends had already voted. She allegedly witnessed another man arguing with a poll worker over the same issue.
“What happened today, and how shocked are you?” a reporter asked Bender.
“Very. 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,” Bender told KTLA.
“She said this has been happening all morning,” Bender further alleged. “The man next to me was arguing the same thing,”
Bender left feeling “really angry” after filling out a provisional ballot.
“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, those she knew also affected by the issue were “self-identified Republicans,” which caused her suspicion.
“I asked the couple of young women that I talked to, and I said, ‘Are you by any chance Republicans?’ And she said, ‘yes,’ and I said, ‘So am I,'” asserted Bender.
The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s office stated equipment was “replaced” at the polling center and that provisional ballots are a “failsafe option” for these kinds of “glitches.
“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.”