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California Republicans spark national feud over ‘harvesting’ ballot boxes – POLITICO





An official ballot drop box is seen Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Santa Clarita, Calif.

An official ballot drop box is seen Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Santa Clarita, Calif. | AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

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OAKLAND — After assailing Democrats’ ballot-collecting efforts for years, California Republicans have pivoted to a new strategy: If you can’t stop ‘em, join ‘em.

The state GOP has installed private ballot boxes in sympathetic venues — including gun shops and churches — with the idea of boosting Republican turnout. The boxes drew an immediate cease-and-desist order from the California attorney general and secretary of state, while the dispute has gone national as President Donald Trump urged California Republicans to “fight hard” while the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has hinted at its own legal avenues to block them.

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Democrats say the unauthorized boxes are not only against the law but confuse voters and invite fraud because ballot security can’t be assured. Republicans are using the situation to accuse Democrats of voting rights hypocrisy, saying they are only doing
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