Dense fog diverts helicopters carrying ballots, could delay results
Dense fog in the Southland could delay the reporting of Los Angeles County election results, officials from the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office said late Tuesday night.
In the statement sent out just after 10 p.m. officials said that fog had forced helicopters transporting ballots to divert their flight paths to the Puente Hills Mall in the City of Industry.
Spokeswoman Monica Flores said sheriff's vehicles will be waiting at the mall to transport the ballots to the Registrar's Norwalk office. Ground transport had not been affected by the fog, she said.
But"it's definitely going to make all of our nights longer," Flores added, estimating that the change in plans could delay reporting results for an hour or two.
In previous elections, Flores said officials had worked into the early morning -- as late as 7 a.m.
“It is important that we get all of the ballots here to the Norwalk office safely and securely,” Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan added in the statement. “We are working with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to ensure the safe arrival of the ballots.”
— Matt Stevens