St. Mary’s Election officials may have been stupid enough to place these ballot collection boxes out in unguarded locations for night-time vandals, but you don’t have to be dumb enough to use them…
Drop your ballot at the voting precinct in person on election day or simply vote on election day in person.
Sheriff Tim Cameron evidently believes that occasional visits by deputies will be enough to deter those who wish to damage or destroy ballots left in these boxes. Every week the Sheriff posts photos of thieves and vandals hard at work throughout St. Mary’s County.
“Deputies are also conducting premise checks on the numerous ballot boxes in the community.”
WHO IS THE SHERIFF KIDDING?
“In addition to regular patrol checks at the St. Mary’s County Early Voting Center in Hollywood, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Deputies are also conducting premise checks on the numerous ballot boxes in the community. Boxes are open to receive ballots 24/7 through Nov. 3, 2020, at 8 pm.
“Ballot box locations are Lexington Park Library, Hollywood Firehouse, Great Mills High School, Charlotte Hall Library, Leonardtown High School, Margaret Brent Middle School, Lexington Park Elementary School, Spring Ridge Middle School, Lettie Dent Elementary School, the old Board of Elections office on Tudor Hall Road in Leonardtown and at the new Board of Elections office on Hollywood Road in Leonardtown.”
PG County – a regular crime haven – provides 24-hour security for ballot drop-off boxes – but not in St. Mary’s
“We anticipate that will quadruple — at least,” said Alisha Alexander, elections administrator for Prince George’s County, during a County Council hearing last week. By Election Day, there are plans for the county to have 42 drop-off boxes.
The sheer number of boxes this go-round could present logistical challenges.
“These drop boxes are very expensive to maintain,” Alexander told the council. “They’re No. 1 expensive, as a whole, to manufacture. They’re expensive to transport … And in addition to that, we have to provide 24-hour physical security on each dropbox.” —- WTOP
Fire intentionally set inside ballot box in Baldwin Park, officials say
BALDWIN PARK, Calif. (KABC) — Investigators are searching for the person who set a fire inside a ballot drop box in Baldwin Park on purpose, potentially compromising dozens of votes.
Firefighters say someone purposely tossed burning newspaper into the official dropbox.
The incident happened around 8 p.m. Sunday near Baldwin Park and Ramona boulevards in front of the city’s public library.
Firefighters say someone purposely tossed burning newspaper into the official dropbox. One passerby told Eyewitness News the box looked like a chimney with smoke billowing out of it.
Suspects caught ‘fishing’ at drop-off mailbox in Lighthouse Point
LIGHTHOUSE POINT, Fla. – An observant Lighthouse Point police officer spotted an SUV taking a bit too long of what would usually be the amount of time to drop mail in an outside dropbox.
An arrest report said that it was 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night when the white Honda CRV lingered next to drop-off mail boxes on the east side of the United States Postal Office at 2091 N.E. 36th St.
With 5 days to the election, they aren’t just ordinary mailboxes, they are also ballot boxes. On any given day, watching a postal service employee emptying mailboxes, you’ll see plenty of mail-in ballots.
That’s what police say they thought 28-year-old Junior Alexander Cabral and 20-year-old Vladimir Cabral-Cuevas, both of Opa-Locka, were after.
The Lighthouse Point officer said he watched the pair in the SUV spend 3 or 4 minutes near the boxes. Recently, all LHPPD officers had been made aware that those specific drop boxes had been subject to theft over the past year. MORE
Crab seller robbed at Budds Creek
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured in a robbery investigation. On Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020 at 4:20 pm, the victim was in the parking lot of the Race-N-Inn store in Budds Creek to deliver crabs to a customer when the victim noticed the suspect exiting the victim’s vehicle with cash and checks. A struggle ensued between the victim and the suspect over the money and the suspect punched the victim and pushed the victim to the ground. The suspect was last seen fleeing on a yellow motorcycle.
Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call Deputy Jessica Wilson at 301-475-4200, ext. 78138 or email Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org. Case # 62259-20
Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.