Unauthorized drop boxes an issue in some counties

Ballot drop boxes seen as a way to bypass the post office
Posted at 10:59 PM, Oct 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 01:59:01-04

KERN COUNTY, Calif. — The topic of ballot drop boxes became an issue on Monday when voters in several other counties across the state noticed unauthorized ballot drop boxes in their areas.

It was determined the Republican Party was putting out those boxes.

The Secretary of State then got involved, ordering the boxes be removed in those counties.

23ABC asked our local elections officials on Monday if this was an issue here, and they said as far as they know it was not.

Tuesday, the elections office released more information on ballot boxes here.

Elections officials also said the only permanent vote by mail drop-off locations in Kern County are inside the election office and outside the County Administrative Building at 1115 Truxtun Ave.

The elections office also said ballots can also be dropped off at Satellite Election Offices from noon until 6 p.m. throughout October at select local library branches.

Some of those dates include:

Oct. 16 at the Southwest Branch Library
Oct. 20 in Frazier Park
Oct. 21 in Wasco

Key Dates and Deadlines in California

Mon, Oct. 5 - Nov. 2: Early Voting Begins: Dates and hours may vary based on where you live
Mon, Oct. 19: Online Voter Registration Deadline
Mon, Oct. 19: By Mail Voter Registration Postmarked By Date
Tue, Oct. 27: Request Mail-In Ballot Deadline
Tue, Nov. 3: In-Person Voter Registration Deadline
Tue, Nov. 3: Mail-In Postmarked By Date
Tue, Nov. 3: Mail-In Return in Person Deadline 8:00 PM