December 3, 2021

Torrance police find 300 unopened recall ballots, with gun, drugs and mail, in sleeping man’s car

TORRANCE, Calif. — Authorities are investigating why 300 unopened vote-by-mail ballots for the upcoming recall election have been discovered – alongside with a gun, drugs and stolen mail – in a car parked at a Southern California comfort retailer.

The invention was made on August 16 when police in Torrance, California, have been referred to as a few man sleeping in his car at a 7-Eleven car parking zone.

“Inside the vehicle, the officers found a loaded handgun, some narcotics, and then they found a bunch of mail and what turned out to be over 300 election ballots in the backseat of the vehicle,” mentioned Sgt. Mark Ponegalek with the Torrance Police Division.

“They appeared to be in a box, but they were also kind of strewn across the backseat of the vehicle and so there was just a large portion of mail in that backseat.”

Police say the person was a felon. The drugs discovered included Xanax capsules and methamphetamine. Police say in addition they discovered a number of California driver’s licenses and bank cards in the names of different individuals.

The person was taken into custody, however has since been launched on his personal recognizance. Police nonetheless do not know the way he obtained the ballots and what his intent was.

“The election ballots, they were un-tampered with, unopened, a little over 300 of them found, primarily from addresses in Lawndale,” Ponegalek mentioned. “There were some from Compton. We’re still trying to figure out where all these belonged to at this time so we’re working with the Los Angeles (county) election office as well as the U.S. Postal Inspector.”

The Los Angeles County Registrar’s workplace mentioned that these ballots for the Sept. 14 recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom had been despatched out however weren’t stuffed out and returned by voters.

They mentioned there isn’t any indication the ballots have been taken particularly in an try and affect the outcomes of the recall vote, as there was different stolen mail discovered with them.

“There’s nothing to indicate this was focused on the election,” the county registrar’s workplace mentioned.

Voters can monitor the standing of their very own poll – when it has been mailed, acquired and counted – at this hyperlink.

If a voter in the Lawndale or Compton space hasn’t acquired their poll, they’re requested to contact the registrar’s workplace and request one other poll.

The Torrance Police Division can also be submitting the names and addresses discovered on the entrance of the recovered ballots to the registrar’s workplace so ballots will be reissued.