On Monday, a sign at Selma's Central Valley Guns in Fresno County claims to be an “Authorized Secure Ballot Drop." The Secretary of State's office issued a memo to county registrars this weekend clarifying that unofficial drop boxes are illegal and ballots must be returned by mail or to official polling places, vote centers, or ballot drop-off locations. Central Valley Guns was not listed as an official designated ballot drop-off by Fresno County Registrar of Voters Office.

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Election 2020: Unofficial ballot boxes are illegal, state tells GOP

The Simi Valley Republican Party headquarters was one site being examined for allegedly having an unofficial and unauthorized ballot drop box.

California officials issued a cease-and-desist order Monday to the California Republican Party after GOP officials acknowledged setting up unofficial ballot drop boxes that state election authorities said were illegal.

State election officials said they had received reports about the boxes in Fresno, Los Angeles and Orange counties. Officials in Ventura County also said they had received reports of unauthorized ballot drop boxes.

The secretary of state issued a memo to county registrars this weekend clarifying that unofficial drop boxes are illegal and ballots must be returned by mail or to official polling places, vote centers or county-authorized ballot drop-off locations. Officials began investigating after a photo was posted on social media showing a regional field director for the California Republican Party in Orange County supporting the congressional campaign of Michelle Steel alongside a box labeled “official ballot drop off box.”  

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