Poll Inspectors In L.A. County Submit Testimonies To Board Of Supervisors Regarding California Primary Issues [Video]

Poll inspectors, poll workers, and voters in Los Angeles County submitted testimonies this week regarding issues that came up during the California primary election that was held on June 7, 2016. Many of the testimonies submitted to the L.A. County Board of Supervisors on June 14 involved provisional ballots.

Almost 650,000 Californians registered to vote in just the last 45 days before the deadline. That was the highest statewide voter registration before a primary election that California had ever seen. Secretary of State Alex Padilla told CBS in Los Angeles that 17.9 million Californians, or 72 percent of the eligible voters in the state, were registered ahead of the recent primary. The Democratic Party itself gained nearly half of a million voters during this period.

The largest increase in newly registered voters, according to CBS, was among Californians ages 18-29.

“I used to think it was a rigged system,” newly registered voter David Montes, told CBS. “I thought people were pre-selected.”

Brian Lis of Los Angeles, a Bernie Sanders activist, argued that in L.A. County it seems to him that it actually was rigged. He said that reports that came in from the election from voters, poll inspectors and poll workers showed four consistent trends in L.A. County’s primary election, including voters forcibly switched to a “Vote-by-Mail” status, but never receiving ballots, machines that either miscounted ballots or “errored out on certain candidates,” young voters given provisional ballots, and older voters’ party affiliations forcibly changed.

“You can go through the testimonies yourself: bit.ly/1UPXrMQ,” Lis writes, “Call me crazy but, I’d say that this election was being ripped right out from under us — stolen, by those in power who have a lot to lose by letting regular Americans speak their minds.”

A call was put out online, in part through a Facebook event created by Bernie Sanders Brigade and Count Our Votes California, urging all L.A. County voters who experienced issues at the polling site to testify in person before the L.A. County Board of Supervisors at their meeting held on Tuesday, June 14.

Melissa Michelson posted to the event page a link to what she says are the collected written testimonies that supplement live testimonies told to the L.A. County Board of Supervisors at their meeting. As of Friday morning, the transcripts from the meeting have not uploaded to the county’s website though.

Efrain Lopez posted a video of a presentation from the meeting to YouTube.