California officials launched an investigation Monday after unofficial mail-in voting drop boxes were found across several counties.
Secretary of State Alex Padilla said his office is looking into reports of the unauthorized drop boxes, according to Fox News.
“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,” Padilla said. “This is also an important reminder. 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. Never hand your ballot over to someone you don’t trust.”
Reports of unofficial ballot drop boxes emerged last week after a regional field director for the California Republican Party allegedly shared a post on Twitter encouraging people to message him for “convenient locations” to drop their ballots at, according to The Orange County Register.
However, the dropbox is allegedly unofficial. The Secretary of State office has since reportedly received numerous reports about unauthorized drop boxes in Fresno, Los Angeles, and Orange Counties, per the same report.