Police in California are investigating how a person acquired greater than 300 ballots addressed to voters to be used within the recall election of Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom .
On Aug. 16, officers with the Torrance Police Division took custody of the ballots from the automobile of a suspect who had been reported for sleeping in his automobile in a comfort retailer parking zone.
“They seemed to be in a field, however they had been additionally type of strewn throughout the backseat of the automobile, and so there was simply a big portion of mail in that backseat,” mentioned Sgt. Mark Ponegalek.
Ponegalek mentioned the ballots had been unopened and that almost all of them had been addressed to folks residing within the metropolis of Lawndale and Compton.
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“We’re nonetheless making an attempt to determine the place all these belonged to right now, so we’re working with the Los Angeles [County] election workplace, in addition to the U.S. Postal Inspector,” he mentioned.
Ponegalek mentioned officers additionally discovered a loaded handgun, Xanax tablets, and methamphetamine, in addition to quite a few California drivers’ licenses and bank cards belonging to others contained in the suspect’s automobile. Native studies didn’t establish the suspect however police indicated he has a felony felony historical past.
Police mentioned the case is being investigated by the Torrance Particular Investigations Division, with assist from the U.S. Postal Service and the Los Angeles County District Lawyer Public Integrity Unit.
The people to whom the ballots had been addressed will obtain new ballots, the police division mentioned in an replace Monday, including the incident will not be related to any “extra thefts of election ballots.”
California’s election legal guidelines present each registered voter be mailed a vote-by-mail poll throughout recall elections. Counties started sending out ballots for the Sept. 14 recall contest earlier this month.