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World California Republicans placed illegal drop boxes

04:06  13 october  2020
04:06  13 october  2020 Source:   aljazeera.com

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The California Republican Party has admitted responsibility for placing more than 50 deceptively labeled “official” drop boxes for mail-in ballots in Los Angeles, Fresno and Orange Counties — an action that state officials said was illegal and could lead to election fraud.

The California Republican Party set up unauthorized drop - boxes for mail-in ballots. And the California secretary of state announced such unauthorized ballot drop - boxes are illegal . Election officials ordered California Republicans to remove the unauthorized boxes by Oct.

California’s Republican Party on Monday acknowledged owning unofficial ballot drop boxes that state election officials said are illegal.

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California election officials received reports during the weekend about the boxes in Fresno, Los Angeles and Orange counties.

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California Republicans are so concerned about voter fraud that they’re flagrantly breaking election laws. They’re promoting “official ballot drop off boxes ” that are not only not official, they’re illegal . Republicans are promoting the “official” drop

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.

On Sunday, the secretary of state issued a memo telling county registrars the boxes were illegal and that ballots must be mailed or brought to official voting locations.

“In short, providing unauthorized, non-official vote-by-mail ballot drop boxes is prohibited by state law,” the memo said.

State GOP spokesman Hector Barajas said that the party owns the boxes. He declined to comment on how many exist and where they are located.

Barajas said the state’s law governing so-called “ballot harvesting” allows an organisation to collect and return groups of ballots.

“Democrats only seem to object to ballot harvesting when someone else does it,” Barajas said.

Irregularities and mistakes are surfacing around the country as more voters than ever seek to vote by mail and demand for mail-in ballots has skyrocketed.

Official Ballot Box Drop Box Near Me

  Official Ballot Box Drop Box Near Me It is recommended that there should be one ballot drop box for every 15,000 to 20,000 registered voters.Due to the coronavirus, states have enabled voting via ballot drop boxes, however this has already caused confusion in states such as California where there have been reports of unofficial drop-off boxes.

Republicans are adding drop boxes where they need them ( CA ), and taking them away where they might be helping Democrats (TX). In addition to the boxes in Fresno County, a regional field director for the California Republican Party in Orange County posted a photo to social media showing with a

The California Republican Party installed dozens of unauthorized ballot dropboxes in at least four Southern California counties, where there are competitive House races this year. Therefore, the GOP-installed boxes are illegal . The memo also said Republicans violated laws on ballot collection

There have been growing reports of mailing errors by election authorities and contractors hired by local election boards to print ballots, stuff envelopes and mail them to voters.

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With about 240,000 ballots mailed, that meant one in five voters received an incorrect ballot. The error happened on October 3 when someone changed a setting on a machine that places absentee ballots into mailing envelopes, officials said.

Some ballots had an incorrect congressional race, while others had the correct information but were sent to voters in a different precinct.

Printing and mailing of the replacement ballots were under way, the Franklin County Elections Board announced.

Franklin County encompasses the city of Columbus and the surrounding area with about 1.3 million residents.

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Metal boxes have been set up across southern California accompanied by signs which read, 'Official ballot drop off box ', with the State's GOP urging voters to use the Republicans have been accused of setting up fake ‘official’ ballot drop -off boxes in California which state officials say are illegal .

The California Republican Party said Wednesday it will not comply with the state's cease-and-desist order over unofficial ballot drop boxes placed in at least four counties, escalating a brewing political showdown ahead of the November election.

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Faulty ballots

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The deluge of faulty ballots, sent to voters across Brooklyn, could result in ballots being voided if voters sign their own name on return envelopes bearing different names.

New York City Board of Elections Director Michael Ryan said all voters who got the bad ballots would receive new ones.

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It’s not clear how many of the ballots were actually sent to voters before the error was discovered and corrected, according to Tracy Wimmer, spokeswoman for Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, told the newspaper on September 15.

California GOP Refuses to Remove Unofficial Ballot Drop-Off Boxes

  California GOP Refuses to Remove Unofficial Ballot Drop-Off Boxes The California Republican party is refusing to comply after being issued with a cease and desist order to stop operating what state officials say are illegal and misleading mail-in ballot drop boxes.California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Attorney General Xavier Becerra sent Republicans an order to cease and desist operation of the unofficial drop boxes, some of which were marked "official," on Monday. GOP officials claim that the boxes do not violate the law, are refusing to comply with the order and say they hope to add more boxes.

In Virginia, there have been three instances of printers sending about 1,400 duplicate ballots out to voters in Richmond, the state capital, and in Fairfax County, the state’s most populous. Election officials have said voters will not be able to cast two ballots.

About 2,100 general election ballots that were misprinted without the US presidential race were mailed to Los Angeles County voters, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“While this has impacted a very small number of Los Angeles County voters … we nevertheless apologise to those affected by the mistake,” said Michael Sanchez, a spokesman for the office.

Ballots for the November 3 election are being mailed to all registered voters in California, including about 5.6 million in LA County.

Meanwhile, the controversy in California over unauthorised drop boxes surfaced after a regional field director for the state’s GOP in Orange County posted in a social media photo with one of the unofficial boxes and wearing a face-covering supporting the congressional campaign of Michelle Steel, a county supervisor who is challenging Democratic Representative Harley Rouda for his seat.

There were also reports about similar boxes at a church in the Los Angeles County community of Castaic and at various locations in Fresno County.

In Orange County, the district attorney is investigating at least two unofficial boxes in two different cities, said Kimberly Edds, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office.

Neal Kelley, the county’s registrar of voters, said official drop boxes are clearly recognisable and carry official county elections logo.

He said it was not clear how many voters had used unofficial boxes but after receiving reports about them, he notified the state and district attorney’s office.

California Democratic Party Chair Rusty Hicks criticised the placement of the unofficial ballot drop boxes.

“Sadly, this is par for the course from the Republican Party – well-versed in making it harder, not easier for Californians to vote,” he said in a statement.

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