Ballot drop boxes are more common in this election

Posted at 8:48 AM, Sep 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-28 13:01:42-04

Everything in this year's election is different including ballot drop boxes in some states. Reporter Joe Saint George takes a look at the efforts being made to make sure they are secure.

Ballot drop boxes are more popular than ever this year. And Americans are already are voting.

Over the weekend voters like Terrell in Detroit Michigan turned in their ballot. He is ready for this election to be over.

What's the benefit of a dropbox? Well, election officials say for one it takes the post office out of the equation. You don't need a stamp. You don't need to worry about a postmark or processing time.

But these drop boxes have faced some controversy.

Republicans have been suing in some states like Pennsylvania to block their use. And President Donald Trump tweeted recently "So now the Democrats are using Mail Drop Boxes, which are a voter security disaster"

Well, we spoke with one of the nation's largest makers of ballot drop boxes, Larry Olson of Laserfab, to find out what's done to make sure they are secure.

"We've got boxes in 13 states, we've done everything we can to minimize the opportunities for anybody to tamper to with the boxes. We've made them secure enough that you can run into them with a truck and they won't open up."

Olson said on average these ballot boxes around the country typically weigh 600 pounds and they tend to be bolted to the ground so somebody doesn't steal the entire ballot box.