The California Republican Party has been accused of setting up unauthorized ballot drop-off boxes — a felony offense punishable by two to four years behind bars, according to a new report.
The office of California Secretary of State Alex Padilla has recently received reports about possible bogus collection boxes in Fresno, Los Angeles and Orange counties, agency spokesman Sam Mahood told The Orange County Register.
The reports state that the boxes have been placed at local candidate headquarters, political party offices and churches.
“Operating unofficial ballot drop boxes – especially those misrepresented as official drop boxes – is not just misleading to voters, it’s a violation of state law,” Padilla told the paper, explaining that it is a felony.
One potentially unauthorized box was allegedly touted by Jordan Tygh, a regional field director for the California Republican Party.
In a since-deleted social media post, Tygh flashed a thumbs-up as he held a mail ballot and stood next to a box about the size of a file cabinet labeled, “Official ballot drop-off box,” the Register reported.
Tygh reportedly encouraged people to message him for “convenient locations” to drop off their ballots.
He is listed on Republican Congressional candidate Michelle Steel’s campaign website as “a member of Veterans for Michelle Steel,” a group supporting her bid for the 48th District seat, against Democratic incumbent Rep. Harley Rouda.