Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange and Fresno: Unauthorized ballot boxes that state officials call illegal have been found in at least four counties.
“The ballot harvesting program will continue,” California Republican Party spokesman Hector Barajas told CNN in a statement.
The party clarified its intentions in a letter to the California Secretary of State on Wednesday. In the letter, state GOP attorneys said all ballot boxes deployed by the party inside the home, staffed by volunteers or party officials, were safe and not labeled “official.”
While pictures of ballot boxes showed boxes labeled “official”, the state GOP said it had not authorized the use of the word and had removed it.
“The California Republican Party does not promote or promote safe boxes as ‘official mail drop boxes’,” the letter said. “On Saturday, October 10, 2020, when we learned that the code used for the word ‘official’ was used in some places, we corrected that error immediately and within hours.”
California Secretary of State Alex Padilla told Democrat spokesman CNN that his office was “reviewing the CA Republican response letter.”
The last date for the California Republican Party to comply or respond to these orders is Thursday night.
In an interview with CNN affiliate KABC, Barajas said “most” ballot boxes have been distributed across the state and the party may expand the program “because it is going well.”
“We are going to continue this program,” Barajas stressed in the interview. “If you want to take us to court, we will see you in court.”
It is a breaking story and will be updated.