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Voting changes, computer glitches mar California primary

Posted at 2:22 PM, Mar 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 17:22:01-05

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A series of changes in California intended to boost voter turnout and smooth the primary election led to a surge in last-minute voters and computer problems that appeared to catch elections officials by surprise.

On Wednesday, there was scathing criticism for the failures, particularly in the nation's most populous county.

Los Angeles County did not have enough working voting machines or check-in tools and had a shortage of poll workers.

That led to wait times of two hours or more. Voting advocates say the state may have tried to do too many new things at once and warned that changes are needed before November.