Legal battle brews over California's unofficial ballot drop boxes
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.
California's Secretary of State issued a cease-and-desist order, telling the state's GOP to remove illegal ballot drop boxes by Thursday. But, the party isn't backing down, citing the state's "ballot harvesting" law. CBS News campaign reporter Musadiq Bidar joined Elain Quijano to discuss. The US Postal Service has warned that millions of mail-in votes may not arrive in time to be counted November 3, the Election Day.
States are scrambling to install ballot drop boxes to encourage early voting.
That is despite President Donald Trump's claims without evidence that mail-in voting will encourage fraud.
Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher reports from Maryland, US. Rachel Maddow reports on an abrupt order by Texas governor Greg Abbott to reduce the number of ballot drop boxes to one per county. Aired on 10/01/2020. 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.