Hearing Into Elections Issues During February Primary
A month after the February presidential primary election, lawmakers are taking a serious look into problems at the polls. They’re gathering in Los Angeles Friday for a hearing into the confusion reported by some voters.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
The problems ranged from a shortage of ballots to the so-called “double-bubble-trouble” in L.A. – where decline-to-state or non-partisan voters had to fill in an extra bubble on the ballot. There was also confusion among some non-partisan voters about which ballots they could have – and how poll-workers were supposed to tell them about it. Democratic Senator Jenny Oropeza will take part in the hearing. She says lawmakers need some answers:
“We take great unhappiness in the fact that not everyone votes and then to have things like this happen is discouraging to voters.”
Oropeza says some standardization of training for poll workers may be needed. Each county recruits and trains its own workers. Secretary of State Debra Bowen, as well as county registrars of voters will testify at the hearing.