Police in California Find 300 Recall Ballots in Passed Out Felon’s Car

by Cole Lauterbach


Police in a Los Angeles-area city are investigating how an armed felon ended up in possession of hundreds of ballots for Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Sept. 14 recall election.

The Torrance Police Department announced it had received a report from a convenience store employee of a man sleeping in his car parked near the building the night before.

When they arrived, they found a known felon in possession of a loaded semiautomatic pistol, methamphetamine, thousands of pieces of mail, multiple California driver’s licenses and credit cards in other individuals’ names. Among the mail were about 300 mail-in ballots. A police spokesperson told KTLA the ballots were addressed to residents in nearby Lawndale and Compton.

The department said the man is facing weapons, narcotics and forgery charges.

“This case is currently being investigated by our Special Investigations Division in partnership with the U.S. Postal Service and the LA County District Attorney Public Integrity Unit,” the department said. “Investigators are trying to figure out how the election ballots ended up in the suspect’s vehicle and what their intent was in having them.”

TPD said the voters identified would receive new ballots. The department asks anyone with any information on the arrest to call them at 310-328-3456. The spokesperson said the department doesn’t suspect the incident to be a part of a broader scheme to defraud the election.

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Cole Lauterbach is a regional editor for The Center Square.
Photo “Found Recall Ballots” by Torrance Police Department.




Reprinted with permission from The Center Square

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3 Thoughts to “Police in California Find 300 Recall Ballots in Passed Out Felon’s Car”

  1. 83ragtop50

    Obvious at the outstanding California is a Newsom supporter.

  2. Dr Ken

    I lived in California for 17 years, this does not surprise me. California politicians have been the most adamant not wanting change in the voting process other than to make it more open, less regulated with little voting security. When the democrats fueled is now coming back to haunt them, that is called Karma.

  3. John

    The act itself isn’t exactly news. We all knew this is one of many tactics Democrats have been using for a long time to win elections and (apparently) to thwart recalls. At least someone actually reported on it instead of burying it.