Voters wait in line to cast their ballot on the Super Tuesday, at a voting center in Alhambra, Calif., Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Dean Logan, the man responsible for the botched rollout of Los Angeles County’s new voting system, was publicly rebuked by the county’s Board of Supervisors during Tuesday’s meeting. The Board also ordered an investigation into what caused the problems and independent oversight of recommended fixes.
As RedState covered, the new touchscreen voting systems were problematic from the first day of early voting all the way through Super Tuesday, when voters reported spending hours waiting in line to vote and were met with untrained staff and broken machines.
“We made it less accessible for people on Election Day. We made it less convenient. We made it less desirable to vote,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn, whose motion prompted the hearing. “I’m sorry to say I’ve lost confidence, and I know the public has lost confidence. We have to fix this.”
Logan made a weak apology for his team’s $300 million failure…
“I hear you, and I hear the voices of our voters and of our poll workers. It was not the implementation we were hoping for. I regret that and I apologize. I also accept and take seriously my responsibility for addressing these issues.”
…but thinks they can still “get it right.”
“I don’t think the answer is to give up on this,” he added. “I think the answer is to get it right.”
On Monday Logan’s office released data on the number of vote centers and the number of working machines available for the March 3 primary. For that primary the county switched from requiring voters to cast a ballot in their own precinct to allowing voters to cast a ballot at any one of 970 vote centers in the county. The number of vote centers is far less than the 2,800 polling places available in the 2016 primary. Also, while there were 20 voting machines at each vote center on average, at 140 of the vote centers only five machines were available.
After a hearing, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to open an investigation.
In their motion, the supervisors raised concerns about excessive wait times and issues checking in at the polls, and whether vote centers were adequately staffed and had enough working equipment.
Their motion calls on Logan, working with state election officials, to report back to the board within 45 days on “corrective measures” to ensure similar problems don’t occur in November when many more people are likely to vote.
The county’s chief executive officer also has been ordered to hire an independent consultant to review the problems and to “validate” any action plan presented by Logan’s office.
Supervisor Kathryn Barger said, “We have a lot of work to do. Between now and November we have to restore confidence so that people know we take this seriously, and that it’s not going to happen again.”