The Threat of Ballot Harvesting
Ballot harvesting is the practice in which political operatives collect absentee ballots from voters’ homes and drop them off at a polling place or election office. It may sound pretty innocuous, but this practice can and has been abused across the country. We saw this play out in the 2018 midterm elections in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District when a political operative abused the process of harvesting ballots, which resulted in the North Carolina State Board of Elections to call for reelection.
Ignoring this most notable threat to election security is unacceptable in an election security bill, something Democrats have chosen to do not once this Congress but on several occassions.
In their monstrous, partisan elections bill Democrats rushed through at the start of Congress, H.R. 1, the majority rejected revision attempts made by Republicans at every opportunity to add an amendment that would strike the practice of ballot harvesting.
H.R. 2722, the SAFE Act, is another partisan election bill, this time aimed solely at securing elections. The majority again rejected any attempts made by Republicans to stop this easily corruptible practice of harvesting ballots.
While Democrats choose to ignore this obvious threat to our nation's elections, Republicans remain committed to outlawing this sinister practice, currently legal in states like California, to ensure that every American's vote is counted and protected.
Committee Republicans, led by Ranking Member Rodney Davis, have introduced three election security bills that all have provisions to prevent ballot harvesting: H.R. 3412: Election Security Assistance Act, H.R. 4736: The Honest Elections Act, and H.R. 5707: Protect American Voters Act.
It is our congressional duty to give the American people the trust they deserve in their constitutional right to a free and fair election.
Watch our information video about ballot harvesting, and how we tried to prohibit it from the Democrats' H.R. 1, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5-h-JbbhEU.
- CNBC - Top North Carolina election official alleges illegal ballot harvesting effort in key House race
- NPR Charlotte - Mitch McConnell On NC Ballot Harvesting: Why Is It Legal In California?
- WSJ About That 'Election Security' Bill