The unauthorized ballot boxes, which were declared illegal by state officials, were found in at least four counties across the state: Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange and Fresno.
“The ballot harvesting program continues,” California Republican Party spokesman Hector Barajas said in a statement to CNN.
The party made its intentions clear in a letter to the California Secretary of State on Wednesday. In the letter, lawyers for the state-run GOP say any ballot boxes used by the party are inside, manned by volunteers or party officials, safe and not marked as “official”.
While pictures of the ballot boxes showed the ballot boxes marked “official”, the state-run GOP said it did not approve the use of that term and had it removed.
“The California Republican Party has not promoted the security boxes as” official mailboxes “or approved their advertising,” the letter said. “When we learned that a sign with the word ‘official’ was used in some places on Saturday, October 10, 2020, we fixed this error immediately and within a few hours.”
A spokesman for California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, a Democrat, told CNN that his office was “in the process of reviewing the CA Republican Party’s reply.”
The deadline for the California Republican Party to comply with or respond to the order ends on Thursday evening.
Barajas said in an interview with CNN subsidiary KABC that “many” ballot boxes have been distributed across the country and that the party could potentially expand the program because “it is going well”.
“We will continue this program,” said Barajas in an interview. “If you want to take us to court, we will see you in court.”
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