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Voting by mail: How to know if drop boxes are safe and secure


SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - For the first time, vote by mail ballots are being mailed to all registered voters due to the pandemic.

Voting started on Monday in California. Some voters will drop them off at the post office, while others may be using the various remote drop boxes throughout the area.

Some voters may not trust the drop boxes' security, so we talked to Orange County Registrar Neal Kelley. He said, "I understand the concerns, and they need to also understand that we have a role as election officials to make sure this is a sound process."

When asked about the security of the ballots, San Bernardino County Registrar Bob Page said, "The first thing I want to say to all voters is that this is their ballot. While we're required for this election to mail a ballot to every voter, it's really the choice about how to vote that lies with the voter what they believe is the safest and most secure way of returning the ballots."

One way is the remote ballot boxes. Although they may look like you can walk away with them, some drop boxes weigh over 1,000 pounds and have a quarter-inch steel barrier.

Kelley said, "If you have a vehicle hit that box the poor vehicle is destroyed."

In Ventura County, there are 34 scattered around. The ones in Orange county even have fire suppression and protections from liquid damage.

LA County's Registrar was not available for this story, but they have 400 boxes in the county. They're bolted to the concrete from the inside, and there's an exterior coating to reduce permanent graft or damage.

As Seen on TV / California Politics

Dominique Newland

Dominique joined KYMA in June 2019 as a Sunrise anchor. She was born in New Jersey but raised in Carmel, Indiana.


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