Calif. Officials Tell State GOP To Stop Distributing Ballot Drop Boxes – NPR

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Calif. Officials Tell State GOP To Stop Distributing Ballot Drop Boxes – NPR

NPR’s Noel King talks to California Secretary of State Alex Padilla about what the state has done since officials received reports about possible unauthorized ballot boxes in several counties.

NOEL KING, HOST:

This year, California, like many U.S. states, mailed out ballots to all of its voters – more than 21 million people. They can mail their ballots free of charge or drop them off at county-approved ballot boxes. Over the weekend, reporting surfaced that the Republican Party is setting up its own ballot boxes in three counties. California Republican Party spokesman Hector Barajas told us that is legal.

HECTOR BARAJAS: Well within state law to be doing what we’re doing – and we are going to continue to do this. We still have yet to have the secretary of state provide us what election code we are violating.

KING: California’s top elections official, the secretary of state, Alex Padilla, joins us this morning. He has ordered the GOP ballot boxes to be removed.

Thank you, sir, for being here.

ALEX PADILLA: Thank you for having me.

KING: Why are you ordering the removal?

PADILLA: Well, look. The boxes in question
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