A cache of 300 stolen ballots was discovered in Torrance, California, police have announced.
The ballots, which were found in the car of a passed-out felon, were discovered mere days after absentee ballots were sent to voters for the Sept. 14 recall election of California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, according to KTLA-TV.
The Torrance Police Department recounted a brief version of the incident in a Facebook post last week.
“Last night, officers responded to a male subject passed out in a vehicle in the 7-11 parking lot. Officers learned he was a felon & located Xanax pills on him,” the department posted.
“Officers continued their investigation and discovered a loaded firearm, methamphetamine, thousands of pieces of mail, a scale & multiple CA drivers licenses and credit cards in other individuals’ names. The suspect was arrested for numerous weapons, narcotics & forgery charges.”
#NEW Authorities are investigating why 300 outgoing vote-by-mail ballots for the upcoming recall election were found – along with a gun and drugs – in a car parked at a Torrance convenience store @ABC7 https://t.co/87zUcI92jf
— Josh Haskell (@abc7JoshHaskell) August 23, 2021
Then came a follow-up Facebook post that announced what some of those stolen pieces of mail actually were.
“Regarding the arrest that was made 8/16/2021 in which over 300 election ballots were recovered from the suspect’s vehicle.