The California Republican Party has been setting up unofficial drop-off boxes for mail-in ballots across the state.

The California Secretary of State Alex Padilla now is investigating the matter and suggested that these boxes may indeed be illegal.

He said, “Operating unofficial ballot drop boxes — especially those misrepresented as official drop boxes — is not just misleading to voters, it’s a violation of state law.”

Orange County Registrar Neal Kelley also commented, “We are looking into this and the CA Secretary of State has also issued guidance confirming unofficial ballot drop boxes are not in compliance with state law. Third-party ballot collections are allowed, but a voter must designate someone to return their ballot on their behalf.”

The California GOP responded to the allegations made against them by quoting legislation that made their the boxes legal in a tweet.