- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 8, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Latest on voting in California (all times local):

4:50 p.m.

A California voter data analyst says there may be 3 million ballots remaining to be counted after Election Day, which could delay results in several close races.

Paul Mitchell, vice president of data tracking firm Political Data Inc., said the ballots will include a high number of provisional backup ballots cast at polling places due to a surge in last-minute voter registrations.

Counties report that more than 5 million people have returned vote-by-mail ballots through Monday. A record 19.4 million people have registered to vote in California.

Under California law, mail ballots postmarked by Election Day must be counted if they are received up to three business days after the election.

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1:30 p.m.

Dozens of patients at a Los Angeles hospital were able to vote from their beds thanks to a volunteer program.

Lara Ibrahim had planned to vote at her usual polling place but ended up giving birth earlier than expected.

She cast her ballot Tuesday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center - with her new baby, George, by her side.

Ibrahim was one of more than 50 patients who requested ballots. Twenty-year-old Daisy Banuelos cast her first-ever vote from her hospital room. She said she was nervous but excited.

Volunteers brought ballots to eligible patients and then dropped them off at a polling station.

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1 p.m.

Election observers are reporting a dearth of Spanish-language ballots and a lack of bilingual poll workers at certain polling places, but say the problems have also come up in previous elections.

Sarah Chen, with Asian Americans Advancing Justice, says the group has sent more than 350 observers to polling places in Northern and central California, and some have reported a shortage of Spanish-language ballots. Chen says elections officials have responded quickly to get more ballots to the locations.

Deanna Kitamura, also with Asian Americans Advancing Justice, says observers in Los Angeles County have reported a lack of poll workers at some locations that could speak particular Asian languages. Kitamura says she has emailed elections officials to try to get the needed poll workers to the sites.

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10 a.m.

Frustrations ran high at a Los Angeles polling place as voters were left waiting when ballot marking devices didn’t arrive on time.

Voter Bob Corbett said he was in line well before the 7 a.m. Tuesday opening at Delano Recreation Center in Van Nuys, but was told voting would be delayed.

The line snaked around the building until the devices arrived around 9 a.m., when voting finally began.

Corbett said he was frustrated but would wait however long it took to cast his ballot.

Elections officials didn’t immediately say what caused the delay.

Long lines were reported at polling places across Los Angeles County. The county’s 4,523 polls will close at 8 p.m.

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8 a.m.

Polls are open in California, and lines are already being reported in Los Angeles.

At least 150 people were waiting before voting began Tuesday at 7 a.m. at the North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Library in Los Angeles. Long lines were reported at polling places across the city as voters hoped to cast their ballots before heading to work.

In Northern California, a steady stream of cars pulled up to an absentee ballot drop-off station outside a courthouse in Oakland.

A record 19.4 million state residents have registered to vote, and elections officials are bracing for high turnout.

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3:30 p.m.

California elections officials are braced for robust election turnout, confused first-time voters and the prospect of long lines Tuesday for the presidential election. A record 19.4 million state residents have registered.

Data tracking firm Political Data Inc. is reporting about 5 million people by Monday had already cast ballots in early voting.

Many marked their ballots at home, but elections officials throughout the state also reported heavy in-person crowds at polling sites over the weekend and Monday.

Los Angeles County’s Registrar-Recorder spokesman Mike Sanchez says some voters waited in line for three hours or more to cast ballots over the weekend. Nearly 18,000 early ballots were cast in the county over the weekend.

Kim Alexander, president of the nonprofit and nonpartisan California Voter Foundation, predicted long lines for Election Day.


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