CAGOP Objects to Secretary of State’s Harmful Drop Box Modifications

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May 27th, 2021   
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CAGOP Objects to Secretary of State’s Harmful Drop Box Modifications
 
SACRAMENTO – Today, the California Republican Party submitted a letter to California Secretary of State Shirley Weber’s office opposing several proposed modifications to the state’s Vote-by-Mail Ballot Drop Box regulations. The letter voices concerns over two specific modifications: extending the deadline for all ballots to be retrieved by election officials from 11:59 PM on Election Day to 8 PM the following day and shielding disclosure to the public of the drop boxes that are delayed in being collected.
 
“The safety, security and integrity of our election process is critical in California,” said CAGOP Chairwoman Jessica Millan Patterson. “I am extremely concerned that our Secretary of State would believe leaving drop boxes and ballots unretrieved beyond Election Day without disclosing the drop box locations is in the best interest of California voters. We strongly urge Secretary Weber to reconsider these misguided election changes.”
 
The Party believes leaving drop boxes and ballots unretrieved following Election Day poses an avoidable threat to election integrity. After media attention focused on California drop boxes left unlocked or set on fire in 2020, the Secretary of State should agree that this is unacceptable and intolerable.

Additionally, the secrecy of outstanding drop box locations after Election Day prevents “good actors” such as political parties, government election watchdogs and election integrity observers from fulfilling a critical role in monitoring elections in their entirety. The notion that the drop boxes are at such a risk that their locations must be kept secret after 11:59 PM on Election Day confirms that the best policy is to avoid the scenario entirely and have all drop boxes collected by the end of Election Day.
 
The letter was submitted by the CAGOP’s General Counsel during the Secretary of State’s Public Comment Period on the proposed changes, ending today. The Secretary of State’s office is required to respond and include public comments in the public rulemaking file.
 
Read the full letter here.

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