According to CNN, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Monday at a news conference, “These unauthorized drop boxes are a disservice to state and local election administrators who have worked on the appointment and deployment of official voting drop boxes.”
Padilla said the pictures show the boxes are “official”. His office has issued a cease-fire order for his removal.
According to The Associated Press, California GOP officials defended the boxes, claiming they were a legitimate form of ballot cutting, the practice of submitting multiple ballots to election officials. However, Padilla said that only county election officials are authorized to install drop boxes and that people need to be protected from anti-tampering on the issue.
“We hope that this message becomes clear and clear to anyone who is attempting to improperly solicit, obtain, and receive the vote of a citizen who is subject to prosecution,” State attorney general Javier BecerraXavier BecerraGOP Struggles to Defend Trump’s Obamacare Lawsuit Condemning State AGs HUD Rule Allows to Serve People Based on Biological Sex Amid western wildfires, Biden strikes Trump’s climate record 20 States sue EPA for exceeding methane emission standards (D) said. “I’m trying to be careful with saying that the report we’re hearing is disturbing.”
Padila told CNN Chris CuomoChris Cuomo criticized Trump’s facade after CNN’s Cuomo disbanded his own quarantine Ted Cruz, hit Fox’s Wallace for the ‘train wreck’ debate, introduced new ideas to moderators Chris Kyomo, Ted Cruz In the off-the-rail CNN interview he did more interviews. Unauthorized boxes on Monday “do not have a chain of custody and we do not have requirements or rules for these fake drop boxes as you do for official drop boxes.”
– Alex Padilla (@ AlexPadilla4CA) October 13, 2020
The state GOP said in a statement that election law only prohibits tampering or forgery of ballots and people from collecting ballots.
Padilla’s office said Monday that its office was coordinating with local officials to check boxes in the Orange, Fresno and Los Angeles counties.
“The operation of informal ballot drop boxes – particularly misrepresenting voters as official drop boxes, is not misleading, it is a violation of state law,” he said in a statement.