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NBC News 13 Oct 2020

Controversy In California Over Republican-Installed Unofficial Ballot Boxes

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State Republicans are installing dozens of unofficial ballot boxes in at least three California counties. Secretary of State Alex Padilla — a Democrat — tells NBC News that he has security concerns about what he calls "fake" boxes, but Republicans say the boxes are legal.


In California, a criminal investigation is under way after unauthorised ballot boxes began popping up around the state.
Al Jazeera could not independently verify the images of what are being called "fake" drop-off boxes, but people are reportedly spotting them near churches and gun shops.
They look virtually the same as some official boxes.
The Republican Party has admitted to placing them in Los Angeles, Fresno and Orange counties.
California's secretary of state says the boxes are illegal, but the party is refusing to remove them.
The California GOP is at the center of a national discussion after placing unauthorized ballot boxes in locations across the state. Earlier this week, the state's attorney general and secretary of state filed a cease-and-desist order for the removal of the unauthorized boxes, saying they are causing concerns over voter security. Co-writer of the California Playbook and reporter covering California politics at Politico, Jeremy B. White, joins CBSN with more on the brewing legal battle.
In California, this year's record-breaking wildfires have already burned over 3.4 million acres. Joseph Serna, a metro reporter for the Los Angeles Times, joined CBSN with more on the factors have been making the fires so bad this year.
The extreme heat in California is making things more difficult for firefighters battling wildfires across the state. The West Coast has broken several records this holiday weekend, and the danger is not over yet. CBS News meteorologist and climate specialist Jeff Berardelli joined CBSN to discuss.

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