California GOP Caught Installing Unofficial Ballot Drop-Off Boxes for Election
One state Republican operative posted a photo of himself next to one of the very unofficial boxes that was marked: “Official ballot drop-off box.”
Oct 14, 2020, Wed
Donald Trump Tells California Republicans To "Fight On" With Illegal Fake Ballot Drop Boxes | HillReporter.com
The President of the United States on Wednesday encouraged the California Republican Party to continue
California GOP says it won’t remove unofficial ballot boxes | PBS NewsHour
Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Attorney General Xavier Becerra, both Democrats, say the boxes are illegal. They have ordered the party to remove them by Thursday.
Oct 13, 2020, Tue
Republicans refuse order to remove unofficial ballot boxes in California | The Independent
Those behind the order warned against vote tampering
California orders defiant GOP to halt use of unofficial ballot boxes - SFChronicle.com
The California Republican Party plans to keep collecting mail ballots for the November election via “unofficial drop boxes” it has set up, despite a cease-and-desist order from state officials who call the effort illegal.
Oct 12, 2020, Mon
California officials tell state GOP to stop collecting ballots with unofficial drop boxes
The controversy comes as the two major parties feud nationally over how the November election is being conducted during the pandemic.
California’s G.O.P. confirms it set up unofficial drop boxes. State election officials say they’re illegal - The New York Times
California’s attorney general ordered the state’s Republican Party to stop setting up unofficial drop boxes for ballots. California’s Republican Party revealed on Monday that it was responsible for placing unofficial drop boxes for mail-in ballots in Los Angeles, Fresno and Orange counties
California GOP put up unofficial ballot drop-off boxes that may be illegal, state officials say - The Washington Post
The green metal containers are not county-authorized ballot drop-off sites and, thus, violate state law, California officials said Sunday.
California Republicans are allegedly setting up fake 'official' drop-off boxes to harvest ballots
California Secretary of State Alex Padilla's office has received complaints about what appear to be unauthorized ballot drop boxes in Los Angeles, Orange, and Fresno counties, and it appears from social media posts that California Republicans have set them up to collect ballots, The Orange County Register reported Sunday night. The metal boxes, which purport to be 'official,' have been reported at local political party offices, churches, and headquarters for GOP candidates. 'Operating unofficial ballot drop boxes — especially those misrepresented as official drop boxes — is not just misleading to voters, it's a violation of state law,' Padilla said, and a felony conviction would land perpetrators in prison for two to four years. County elections officials and registrars are solely empowered to set up and maintain drop boxes in accordance with strict state security rules. The California Republican Party did not respond to the Register's requests for comments, nor did individual GOP operatives who have implicated themselves on social media. But the state GOP has 'been defending the practice in replies on Twitter, alleging the process was made legal under a 2016 law that allows California voters to designate a person to return their ballot for them,' the Register reports. 'The GOP calls the practice 'ballot harvesting' and blames it for losses to the Democrats in OC and other places in 2018.' State officials say unauthorized drop boxes would violate that law since there's no designated person to sign for the ballot, as required. Slate judiciary staff writer Mark Joseph Stern sees something a little more nefarious than just trying to make it more convenient for Republicans to vote. 'California Republicans are allegedly creating fake drop boxes and tricking voters into depositing their ballots in them,' he tweeted. 'Apparently they're trying to prove voter fraud is real by committing actual election fraud.' Republicans in Texas, Ohio, and other states are currently fighting to limit ballot drop boxes to one per county. Republicans in Southern California are trying to win back a slate of congressional seats they lost in the 2018 midterms. And if they are using fake official drop boxes, they are breaking the law, Orange County Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley said Sunday. 'It would be like me installing a mailbox out on the corner — the post office is the one that installs mailboxes.' Read more at The Orange County Register. Peter Weber
California GOP Accused of Setting up Unofficial Ballot Drop-off Boxes Across State
Ballot boxes pertaining to be official have been set up in several locations across California—and their legality has been brought into question.
Oct 11, 2020, Sun
Alex Padilla office on General Election: Unauthorized Ballot Drop Boxes
State law does not authorize the use of unauthorized, non-official vote-by-mail ballot drop boxes. County elections officials alone have the authority to designate the location, hours of operation, and number of drop boxes in the county, and have the responsibility for ensuring compliance with all applicable statutes and regulations that guarantee the security and chain of custody of vote-by-mail ballots deposited.
Unofficial ballot drop boxes popping up throughout the state worry elections officials – Orange County Register
Promoting such boxes — which have been found in Los Angeles, Orange and Fresno counties — could be a felony.