Monday, October 12, 2020

No Reports of 'Unofficial' Ballot Drop Boxes in Humboldt

Posted By on Mon, Oct 12, 2020 at 4:52 PM

Humboldt County Registrar of  Voters Kelly Sanders told the Journal in an email today that she has not heard any local reports of unofficial ballot drop boxes surreptitiously appearing in the region, like the ones showing up in the southern ends of the state.

Two California officials, including the secretary of state, have deemed the Republic Party-placed boxes, which turned up in at least three California counties with tight congressional races — Fresno, Los Angeles and Orange — illegal, according to multiple media reports.

And, while the state GOP admits to ownership, it appears there are no plans to take them down. An article by the Los Angeles Times reports Hector Barajas, a California Republican Party spokesperson, has said he would “not specify how many boxes had been deployed or where.”

To be clear, there are 10 ballot drop off boxes in Humboldt County, according to the elections office.
  • Humboldt County Office of Elections 2426 6th St in Eureka
  • Ray’s Food Place —Willow Creek 38915 Hwy 299, Willow Creek
  • Murphy ’s Market —Trinidad 1 Main St, Trinidad
  • Murphy ’s Market —Glendale 1451 Glendale Dr, McKinleyville
  • Ace Hardware —McKinleyville 2725 Central Ave, McKinleyville
  • Murphy ’s Market —Westwood 100 Westwood Center, Alliance Rd, Arcata
  • Murphy ’s Market —Sunny Brae 785 Bayside Rd, Arcata
  • Murphy ’s Market —Cutten 4020 Walnut Dr, Eureka
  • Ray ’s Food Place —Fortuna 2009 Main Street, Fortuna
  • ShopSmart —Redway 3430 Redwood Dr, Redway

State Sen. Mike McGuire, who represents the North Coast, was among those to call foul, calling the GOP move election fraud and noting that a cease and desist order has been issued.
Sanders noted that the outdoor drop box at the elections office is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days per week.  Also, check out the Journal's deep dive into what you need to know about Nov. 3 here
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