BEVERLY HILLS—Voters in Beverly Hills were surprised to find the doors locked at their regular polling place to cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary.
When voters arrived at the location at the Paley Center for Media, voting stations were set up outside, without electricity to run ballot-reading machines for several hours.
The Paley Center for Media, the Los Angeles-area branch of the New York-based film and television nonprofit and museum is located at 465 North Beverly Drive.
According to a representative from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s office, and reported by KTLA, the polling place was unable to be set up inside due to some kind of miscommunication with the center.
A representative of the Paley Center told Canyon News that after an initial miscommunication between the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder/City Clerk office and The Paley Center for Media, the Paley Center was able to accommodate the polling setup inside the lobby and remained open to voters until polls officially closed Tuesday.
The inspector of the precinct told KTLA that several hours after the polls opened at 7 a.m., the voting booths were moved inside and materials were still being re-organized by noon.
According to the inspector, the Paley Center representative had told the LA County Registrar-Recorder’s Office that it did not want to host a polling location.
Sample ballots sent to voters, and the “find your polling place” page on lavote.net had listed the Paley Center’s Hubard Room as a polling place.
The inspector reiterated that voting never stopped, even with the location miscommunication. All polls in California’s presidential primary are set to close at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday night.