Hancock Park Voters Upset After Abrupt Change To Polling Place Location
HANCOCK PARK (CBSLA.com) — A last-minute change to one polling place location in Hancock Park left voters confused – and angry – on Election Day.
CBS2′s Amber Lee reports voters were left wondering where to go when they found their original polling place at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church at Wilton and 3rd had been moved.
Some voters even claimed to have double-checked their polling place status on LAVote.net overnight before venturing out to cast their ballot this morning.
“It’s very, very frustrating, I have to go to work and it should be much easier to vote for the President,” one voter complained.
The polling location had been moved to a Lutheran church at Wilshire and Plymouth just a few streets away, but apparently no signage had been put up to alert voters to the change.
Those voters who had found their way to the new location said they were notified by mail beforehand.
“I saw it and I almost threw it out, but noticed it…and realized we had to go to a different place,” said voter Susan Downey.
But Sarita Singh said she never got that postcard.
“My concern is my elderly neighbor who’s in his eighties, he might have just shown up and driven away and given up, or people who can’t speak English, and so I’m feeling very upset,” Singh said.
Election officials said signage has been put up directing voters to the new location, but for Singh, the damage had already been done.
“It was sort of a wake-up call like, ‘Oh, this is what Florida has been talking about,” said Singh. “It’s really quite shocking and outrageous.”