GOP planned to go through ballots and throw out ones they didn’t like…no, we aren’t kidding whatsover…
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) October 13, 2020
The California GOP admitted responsibility for placing deceptively labeled drop boxes for ballots, an action that state officials said was illegal. https://t.co/A8mQrVu7rx
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 13, 2020
CBS News: Top elections officials in California are scrambling to find out how many illegal ballot drop boxes Republican staffers put up in three counties across the state over the weekend, as local law enforcement authorities continue to search for outstanding witnesses and potential suspects. The state’s Republican Party, meanwhile, has indicated that it won’t comply with an official order to remove the boxes, and may even add more.
BREAKING: California AG has sent cease and desist letters to the state Republican Party after they placed unauthorized ballot collection boxes in LA, Orange and Fresno counties.
It has ordered them to remove the boxes
— Salvador Hernandez (@SalHernandez) October 12, 2020
On Monday, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said his office, in conjunction with the state justice department, issued a cease-and-desist order to the California GOP to remove the illegal ballot drop boxes that have appeared in Los Angeles County, Orange County and Fresno County.
It is amazing to the lengths some are going to, to suppress people’s vote. This is ILLEGAL. Lock them up! Lock them up! Lock them up!
California GOP Caught Installing Unofficial Ballot Drop-Off Boxes, Says Report https://t.co/hYbCwvUeJW
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) October 12, 2020
Padilla said the notice was also sent to the Republican parties in the three counties in question and gave them until Thursday to comply with the order to remove all the drop boxes.
“If they refuse to comply, then of course we will entertain all of our legal options,” Padilla said at a virtual press conference alongside State Attorney General Xavier Becerra.
Last Thursday a regional field director with the California Republican Party in Orange County tweeted a photo of himself holding a vote-by-mail ballot, standing next to a black cabinet with a taped sign that read “official ballot drop off box.” The staffer, Jordan Tygh, encouraged voters to message him for “convenient locations” to drop off their ballots.
Republicans say this is just ballot harvesting — a practice that allows volunteers, organizations, or campaign workers to collect completed ballots and drop them off at county election offices.