Party spokesman Hector Barajas told California Secretary of State Alex Padilla (D), “We are going to continue this program. If he wants to take us to court, we will see him in court.” .
In a follow-up letter to Padilla, the California GOP said it distributed similar boxes during primaries earlier this year “without incident or objection from your office.”
The California Republican Party continued the deadlock amid ongoing fights over how to collect the ballot.
State law allows the practice of “harvesting ballots”, or collecting multiple ballots to be presented to election officials. But officials say the drop box distributed by the state party has been incorrectly marked as “official” and lacks the necessary anti-tamper protection.
“These unauthorized drop boxes are a disservice to state and local election administrators who have worked on the appointment and deployment of official ballot drop boxes,” Padilla said at a news conference on Monday.
“We hope that the message becomes loud and clear to anyone who is trying to improperly solicit, receive and manage a citizen’s vote that they are under prosecution , “California Attorney General Javier BecerraJavier Becquerra Supports Trump’s Tweet for Republicans Who Installed Unofficial Ballot Drop Boxes in California Republican Republicans ordered Trump’s removal of unofficial ballot drop box GOP conflict to defend (D) Added. “I’m trying to be careful with saying this, but the reports we’re hearing are disturbing.”
Republicans accused the state government of trying to suppress the GOP votes, as officials issued a cease-fire order to remove the box, with Baraj saying Monday that “democratic anger is excessive.”
“If the Democrats are concerned with the ballot harvesting, they are the ones who wrote the law, Jerry Brown of the vote and signed into law,” he said.
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Trump tweeted, “Fight tough Republicans.” “They have been taking advantage of this system for years!”
Neither the California Republican Party nor Padilla’s office responded immediately to requests for comment from The Hill.