Donald Trump will do anything and everything he can to retain his office — lie, cheat, steal. His former personal attorney and fixer Michael Cohan worried that POTUS would not have a peaceful transition. Cohen worked for the man who occasionally sits in the Oval Office for 15 years. So, people are cautious when they see metal dropoff boxes appearing in Southern California.
Just recently, the GOP started placing them near “churches to gun stores to gyms.” An important-appearing sign on them reads “Official ballot drop-off box.” This is an attempt by the Republican Party to steal votes, because these dropboxes are duds, according to The OCRegister.
The secretary of state’s office reported receiving multiple complaints about the boxes. The criminal penalties regarding the unsanctioned unofficial green boxes are serious. A spokeswoman for Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said prosecutors were investigating.
California Secretary of State Alex Padilla (D) warned, according to The Washington Post:
‘Erecting or advertising unofficial ballot boxes could be a felony that carries a two-to-four year prison sentence, according to the secretary of state’s office.’
‘Operating unofficial ballot drop boxes — especially those misrepresented as official drop boxes — is not just misleading to voters, it’s a violation of state law. My office is coordinating with local officials to address the multiple reports of unauthorized ballot drop boxes. Californians should only use official ballot drop boxes that have been deployed and secured by their county elections office.’
‘Voters are in control of how to return their ballot, and they have multiple safe and secure options for doing so. Ballots can be returned by mail, to any in-person voting location, or to an official secure drop box (sic). Never hand your ballot over to someone you don’t trust.’
Regional Field Director for the Republican Party in Orange County Jordan Tygh’s tweet was deleted by Twitter for spreading false information. But before it was deleted, it said:
‘Doing my part and voting early. DM me for convenient locations to drop your ballot off at!’
The secretary of state’s website lists the true official ballot return locations. But the California Republican Party tweeted:
‘If a congregation/business or other group provides the option to its parishioners/associates/ or colleagues to drop off their ballot in a safe location, with people they trust, rather than handing it over to a stranger who knocks on their door — what is wrong with that?’
The National Republican Congressional Committee stood up for the unofficial ballot boxes. It said:
‘[O]nly ok with ballot harvesting when it’s the Democrats ballot harvesting.’
The Fresno GOP wrote:
‘CONSERVATIVE VOTER ALERT! President Trump is very concerned about the lack of security with mail in ballots. Don’t take a chance that your vote will not be counted. Once your ballot arrives in the mail, mark your ballot completely and then walk it in, as soon as possible, to one of the secure locations listed below. Make sure your vote counts!’
Political director for the DailyKos and a lifelong Democrat David Nir warned in his tweet:
‘BE ON ALERT: Republicans in California have set up fake ballot drop boxes that they’re promoting on social media. Whatever your state, before you use a drop box (sic), confirm with your local election office that it’s legitimate’
Twitter world went nuts after they discovered the truth. Take a look at some of the many Americans’ responses below:
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