Calif woman in a quandary when she stumbles upon box of mail-in ballots while walking dog

(Video Credit: FOX 11 Los Angeles)

Christina Repaci, who was walking her dog in East Hollywood, California Saturday evening, was stunned when she found 104 unopened mail-in ballots on the sidewalk and utterly dismayed when she couldn’t figure out who to give them to.

The Los Angeles County Registrar’s Office and the United States Postal Service are now investigating the matter. They are claiming it was a case of mail theft, rather than a direct attempt to interfere with the election.

“I turned the corner and I just saw this box of envelopes, and it was a USPS box. I picked some envelopes up and I saw they were ballots,” Repaci told Fox 11.

After finding the ballots and not knowing exactly what to do, she took them home with her for safekeeping while trying to find someone to handle the situation. She sent videos of the ballots she found to popular social media accounts to share the content, asking people what she should do next. That’s when she called a number of politicians and the LA County Sheriff’s Department with disappointing results.

“I actually called the Sheriff’s Department. I couldn’t get through, so I emailed them,” Repaci recounted. “I got an email back from a deputy basically in so many words saying it wasn’t their problem, and to contact the USPS.”

Finally, the LA County Registrar’s Office got in contact with her about picking up the ballots. Registrar Dean Logan personally drove over to pick them up.

“He (Logan) picked them up. I made sure he was legit. He gave me a card, and took a photo of the box,” she remarked.

“It was so much stress and for just one person to get back to me. What do I do here? Now if it happens to someone else, they don’t know what to do. They’ll just put them in a dumpster or throw them in the trash. I just don’t think it should have been this hard to figure out what to do with legal ballots. This is a country of freedom and our votes should matter and something like this should never happen,” Repaci asserted.

“Our office was notified over the weekend of a mail tray found containing approximately 104 unopened, outbound Vote by Mail ballots and additional mail pieces. Thanks to the cooperation of the person who found the ballots, we were able to quickly respond and coordinate the secure pickup of the ballots. We have reissued new ballots to the impacted voters. Early signs indicate that this was an incident of mail theft and not a directed attempt at disrupting the election. We are cooperating with the United States Postal Service and law enforcement to investigate,” the LA County Registrar’s Office said in a statement.

“Security protocols such as signature verification are in place to protect against any misuse or wrongdoing of Vote by Mail ballots. If a voter sees or hears something that could impact the voting process, they are encouraged to call our office directly at (800) 815-2666 or email [email protected],” the registrar’s office added.

“If a voter has not received their ballot by the end of this week, we encourage them to sign up to Where’s My Ballot? – a free service that sends automatic notifications by text, email, and voicemail to voters throughout California,” the statement concluded.

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hubertp
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hubertp
6 days ago

So, her “story” is that she “found” a USPS box with mail in it, including some mail-in ballots, and took it home for “safekeeping”. Has there been any verification or vallidation of that part of her “story”? I question the whole tale.

Jesse Brogan
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Jesse Brogan
11 days ago

Just a case of mail theft? That’s like saying that stealing a valuable painting from a museum is just a problem with security.

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