Voter Guides Missing party info

Video credit: 23ABC News | Bakersfield
Published on February 29, 2020 - Duration: 03:59s
Voter Guides Missing party info
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Voter Guides Missing party info

REGARDING BOTH REPUBLICANAND DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES.23ABC SPOKE TO THE COUNTYELECTIONS DEPARTMENT ANDTHE CALIFORNIA SECRETARY OFSTATE ABOUT THIS LATESTDEVELOPMENT.LEZLA GOODEN JOINS US IN STUDIOAFTER HEARING FROM ALOCAL RESIDENT WHO SAYS THESEMISTAKES ARE ALTERING AVOTER'S GIVEN RIGHTS.LEZLA?GOOD EVENING.

ELECTION OFFICALSANNOUNCED THEYDISCOVERED THAT THEY LEFT OUTTHE LIST OF PARTY ENDORSEMENTSIN YOUR VOTER GUIDE..

THIS COMESAFTER NEARLY THREEWEEKS AGO..

23ABC FIRST REPORTEDISSUES WITH THE COUNTYELECTIONS WEBSITE NOT DISPLAYINGANY KEY INFORMATIONSURROUNDING LOCAL BALLOTMEASURES..

TODAY WE WEREABLE TO SPEAK WITH FREDERICKANTHONY- A VOTER WHO ALSOHAD MISSING INFORMATION IN HISVOTER GUIDE AND SAID HE NOLONGER HAS CONFIDENCE IN THEKERN COUNTY VOTING SYSTEM...PEOPLE HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES FORTHE RIGHT TO VOTE- I FEEL THATTHE WHOLESYSTEM IS CRUMBLING.FREDERICK ANTHONY -- ABAKERSFIELD NATIVE -- SAYS HERECEIVED HIS VOTER GUIDE THEFIRST WEEK OF FEBRUARY AND ITWAS MISSING KEY INFORMATION SUCHAS MEASURES E & DTHAT WOULD PERTAIN TO HIM-- HENOW WANTS ANSWERS.IT ONLY HAD PROP 13 AND IT HADNO LOCALMEASURES ON IT AND I CALLED THEMAND THE ELECTIONS OFFICE INBAKERSFIELD ANDTHEY WERE CONFUSED AND TOLD METO COME DOWN ND MAYBE THAT ICOULDVOTE AGAIN,.ANTHONY SAYS HE CALLED A SECONDAND THIRD TIME TO THEELECTIONS OFFICE TO PICK UP ABALLOT..

AND HE WAS THENTOLD BY THE ELECTIONS OFFICALSTHAT PERHAPS HEMISSED THE INFORMATION AND ITWAS ON THE REVERSESIDE..ANTHONY SAYS HE CHECKEDAGAIN.ANTHONY SAYS HE ONLY RECEIVEDHIS STATE VOTER GUIDE ALONG WITHHIS MAIL IN BALLOT AND HE WASANTICIPATING THAT HE WASSTILL GOING TO ALSO RECEIVE HISLOCAL VOTER GUIDE IN TIME TOPARTICIPATE IN THE LOCALMEASURES HERE IN KERN COUNTY- BYTHE TIME THAT HE FINALLYRECEIVED THE LOCAL GUIDE IT WASTOO LATE HE HAD ALREADY VOTED--- MISSING OUT ON VOTINGIN THE LOCAL COUNTY MEASURE.:I DUG THIS OUT OF THE GARBAGE TOSEE IF IT HAD ANY LOCAL MEASURESAND NOTHERE WAS NONEAFTER OUR STORY... 23ABC NEWSLEARNED LOCAL VOTERGUIDES AND SAMPLE BALLOTS WERESENT OUT ..

BUT FRIDAY THEELECTIONS DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCEDTHOSE VOTERGUIDES WERE SENT WITHOUT PARTYENDORSEMENTS..THIS LIST OF PARTY ENDORSEMENTSIS REQUIRED BYTHE C-A ELECTIONS CODESACCORDING TO THE SECREATRYOF STATES OFFICE.

STATEOFFICIALS SAY THEY WILL HELPTHE COUNTY SOLVE THE ISSUE.MARY BEDARD OF THE REGISTRAR OFVOTERS RELEASED ASTATEMENT SAYING "WE DEEPLYREGRET THIS MISTAKE ANDARE WORKING QUICKLY TO RESOLVETHE ISSUE.

AS SOONAS WE CONFIRMED THE ERROR WEBEGAN WORKING ON CORRECTIVEACTION.-23ABC SPOKE WITH BEDARDEARLIER THIS WEEK ONTHE STATUS OF THE ELECTIONS ANDTHIS WHAT SHE SAID.I THINK THERE WERE A LOT OFCONCERNTHAT THERE WERE PROBLEMS HEREAND THERE WERE REALLY WEREN'TPROBLEMSAND WE DO HAVE LESS EXPERIENCEDSTAFF AND WE NEEDED TO TAKE OURTIME AND MAKE SURE THE SAMPLEBALLOTSWERE CORRECT AND THAT WE WERESENDING OUT ACCURATEINFORMATION..

SO WE TOOK OURTIME.WEDNESDAY..

IT WAS ANNOUNCEDTHERE WAS A SUDDEN CHANGEIN LEADERSHIP AFTER ASSISTANTREGISTRAR OF VOTERS JACKIE STGEORGE CLAIMED SHE WAS REMOVEDFROM HER POST..

EVENTHOUGH BEDARD TOLD 23ABCEARLIER IN THE DAY ST GEORGEHAD RETIRED....NOW WITH ONLY FOUR DAYS UNTILLTHE PRIMARY ---COUNTYOFFICIALS SAY ITS TOO CLOSE TOTHE RACE TO REPRINT THEVOTER INFORMATION GUIDE, ANDTHEY WILL NOW POST PARTYENDORSEMENTS OF CANDIDATES FORVOTER-NOMINATED OFFICES AT EVERYPOLLING PLACE, ON SOCIAL MEDIA,KERNVOTE.COM ANDKERNCOUNTY.COM,I AM NOT CONFIDENT IN IT AT ALL.ESPECIALLY AFTER MY EXPERIENCE IAM NOT CONFIDENT IN THE WHOLESYSTEM LIKE IMEASURES E AND D -- ALONG WITHMANY OTHER ISSUES -- ARE THEONES HE CARED ABOUT VOTING ON --MOSTLY BECAUSE AS ARESIDENT HE SAYS THESE ARE THEMEASURES THAT IMPACT HIM THEMOST.

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