As Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) battles to stay in office on Tuesday, reports have already emerged that have many wondering if the country will see a repeat of the chaos from the 2020 presidential election.
According to BizPacReview, voters are already growing suspicious as reports have emerged from local media outlet KTLA that there have been early voting troubles at a particular San Fernando Valley precinct, with the outlet describing the situation as “wonky.”
The incident occurred at El Camino Real Charter High School, where reportedly a number of voters — who all allegedly happened to be Republicans — were turned away from voting in person and, instead, were handed provisional ballots.
Staffers in charge of the voting at the high school apparently blamed the situation on some type of unknown “equipment failure.”
In a statement addressing the matter, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s office said that the issue revolved around failures in the settings in the voter check-in process.
A spokesperson for the office went on to say the problem had been corrected, telling KTLA: “After troubleshooting the issue, the equipment at the locations was replaced and voting continued.”
Concerned voters who were part of the group that was turned away remained skeptical of the integrity of the voting process there. Elderly voter Estelle Bender, 88, told local reporters that she wasn’t happy with the process and isn’t sure how she voted.
“So as I left – I did the provisional ballot – I was really angry, and I saw two women walking toward me as I left and I said don’t be surprised if they tell you you’ve already voted, and she said, they’ve already done that,” Bender said.
Hopefully, this was an isolated incident that was properly straightened out. Heaven forbid if more of these “equipment failures” happen in the state, as it’ll trigger yet another round of controversy and leave many wondering if everything was up to snuff.