Kern County Elections Office issues statement after ballot drop box isn't picked up on election night

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Posted at 4:17 PM, Nov 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-06 19:17:06-05

The Kern County Elections Office has issued a statement after it was revealed that a vote by mail drop box was not picked up on the night of the election. According to the statement that was released on Friday afternoon, the drop box was left at the Bakersfield College Library Poll Site.

"The vote by mail drop box was in the art gallery room, a room within the Bakersfield College Library. Both the art gallery room and the Library were locked at the time the poll workers left on
Tuesday night and remained so until an election worker returned to retrieve the box early Wednesday morning," said the statement. "A Bakersfield College security officer unlocked the Library door and the door to the art gallery for the election worker on Wednesday morning."

The Kern County Elections Office said the drop box was still locked when it was received and they are confident that the ballots were not compromised.

"We are confident at this time that the chain of custody of the ballots was maintained throughout this incident and that no tampering with ballots, envelopes, or the box occurred."

Still, those ballots have been separated and have not been counted at this time.

You can read the full statement below or at: Kern County Elections Office Drop Box Statement