The Los Angels Country Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan and L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis acknowledged that on October 18, a Vote by Mail Box Drop Box located outside the Baldwin Park Library on Baldwin Park Boulevard was damaged by fire. That damaged box location has been closed.
The incident is being investigated as arson and the incident has been reported to the FBI and the Attorney General for investigation. Available footage is being requested to determine the cause of the fire.
“The arson of an official ballot drop box by the Baldwin Park Library has all the signs of an attempt to disenfranchise voters and call into question the security of our elections,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis in an October 19 press release. “Tampering, or attempts to tamper, with our democracy will not be tolerated.”
The Registrar’s office has acquired and is reviewing all material collected to determine the appropriate notifications to voters whose ballots may have been impacted.
County staff last picked up ballots at the affected drop box location on Saturday, October 17 at 10:10 a.m. Those who utilized this drop box location after that time should call 562-503-2445 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Solis said that voters can call the County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk if they submitted their ballot at the Baldwin Park Library Dropbox to verify their ballot was received and take any remedial measures.
The Registrar announced that it would immediately increasing the frequency of ballot pickup at all other boxes.
“The Los Angeles County Registrar will continue to do everything possible to ensure the integrity of local elections,” Logan said. “Tampering with vote by mail drop boxes and ballots is serious criminal offense.”
All Los Angeles voters can check the status of their ballot by visiting LAVote.net, and can utilize U.S. Mail or other drop box locations throughout the County to turn in their ballot.