The California Republican Party said that it would defy an order from the Secretary of State to remove unofficial drop boxes that it has placed across the state.
“We are going to continue this program,” Hector Barajas, a spokesman for the party, told local outlet ABC 7. “If [Secretary of State Alex Padilla] wants to take us to court, then we’ll see him in court.”
The development is the latest between Padilla and the California Republican Party (CPR) over its ballot collecting methods.
Last week unofficial ballot boxes began appearing throughout the state, according to The Orange County Register, prompting an investigation from Padilla’s office.
There have been recent reports of groups promoting unofficial ballot drop boxes that are not affiliated with Orange County, CA Elections. Voters who want to return their ballot at a drop box should only use official drop boxes. View the press release at https://t.co/rZGjhYKii0 pic.twitter.com/0f1MJrx3Hm
— OC Registrar (@OCRegistrar) October 12, 2020
Shortly after the boxes were connected to the CPR, a spokesman for the organization defended its actions, telling The Daily Caller that the outrage was “overblown” since “state law allows organizations, volunteers or campaign workers to collect