Current through Register 2021 Notice Reg. No. 52, December 24, 2021
(a) To prevent physical damage and
unauthorized entry, an unstaffed drop box located outdoors shall be constructed
of durable material able to withstand vandalism, removal, and inclement
(b) To ensure that only
ballot material can be deposited and not be removed by anyone but designated
ballot retrievers, all drop boxes (both staffed and unstaffed) shall have an
opening slot that is not large enough to allow ballots to be tampered with or
removed. The opening slot shall be designed to minimize the ability for liquid
to be poured into the drop box or rain water to seep in.
(c) A drop box, and a secure ballot container
placed within the drop box, shall be designed such that any unauthorized
physical access results in physical evidence that unauthorized access has taken
place. An elections official may use a tamper-evident seal for purposes of this
(d) A drop box or secure
ballot container shall provide specific points identifying where ballots are to
be inserted. A drop box may have more than one ballot slot (e.g. one for
drive-up ballot drop-offs and one for walk-up drop-offs).
(e) Each drop box shall be assigned a unique
identifying number that is readily identifiable to the designated ballot
retrievers and the public on the drop box.
The drop box shall be clearly and visibly
marked, as an "Official Ballot Drop Box". The following information shall be
provided, in the manner prescribed by the elections official, at drop boxes and
drop-off locations in all languages required under the federal Voting Rights
Act of 1965 (52 U.S.C. Sec. 10503
) and those languages applicable to a
particular county under Elections Code section
(1) Language stating that tampering with the
drop box is a felony pursuant to Elections Code section
(2) A toll free voter hotline connecting the
voter to either the county elections office or the Secretary of State's
(3) A statement that no
postage is necessary when depositing the ballot into the drop box.
(4) A statement requesting that the county
elections official be notified immediately in the event the drop box is full,
not functioning, or has been damaged in any fashion.
(5) A statement informing the public that no
ballots will be accepted after 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, unless there are
voters in line or the time for the closing of the polls has been extended by a
boxes shall be designed to function as follows:
(1) Drop box hardware shall be operable
without any tight grasping, pinching, or twisting of the wrist.
(2) Drop box hardware shall require no more
than 5 lbs. of pressure for the voter to operate.
(3) Accessible drop boxes shall be operable
within reach-range of 15 to 48 inches from the finish floor or ground for a
person utilizing a wheelchair. This shall not apply to a drop box meant to be
used by drivers of vehicles.
Signage for ballot drop boxes shall be in a distinct color type that contrasts
with the background and have a no-glare finish.
(h) In determining the final design and
functions of the drop box, the elections official shall design them in such a
way that the public will perceive them to be official and secure.
(i) Each unstaffed drop box used in a
particular county shall have the same use features, and be of substantially
similar design, color scheme, and signage to facilitate identification by the
(j) Each staffed drop box
used in a particular county shall have the same use features, and be of
substantially similar design, color scheme, and signage to facilitate
identification by the public.
The elections official shall determine drop box size based on the use and needs
of the county.