LOS ANGELES (AP) — A nonpartisan, good-government group reports it has received nearly 800 calls from California voters experiencing problems at the polls Tuesday.
California Common Cause said the call volume is higher than in previous midterm elections and could reflect high voter turnout.
Callers reported the polling place at Mark Twain Middle School in Los Angeles had no voter rolls at 11 a.m. and voters could not cast ballots until 11:30 a.m. Voters at Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles were asked to fill out paper ballots because it had no voting machines until 10 a.m.
The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder and County Clerk did not immediately return a request for comment.
People experiencing problems voting can call the 866-OUR-VOTE Election Protection hotline.
Meanwhile, Democrats say campaign literature and some computers were taken in an early morning break-in at a Merced County campaign office.
Emily Haden, who is chairwoman of the Merced County Democratic Central Committee, said the campaign for state Senate candidate Ana Caballero was the most affected.
She said campaign mailers have been brought in from another location and that the break-in complicates what is the most important day of the campaign.
Bryan King, campaign manager for Senate Democrats, told the Merced Sun-Star that every laptop was taken from the office. He said devices used to scan voter data and personal items such as cell phones used to call voters were taken.
Merced Police Lt. Alan Ward told the newspaper that officers were called to the scene around 7 a.m. Tuesday.
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