Ballot harvesting

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Ballot harvesting is the collecting and submitting of absentee or mail-in voter ballots by volunteers or workers.[1] It occurs in some areas of the U.S. where voting by mail is common, but is illegal in some other states.

Arizona banned the practice except for family members and caregivers. The U.S. Supreme Court stayed a Ninth Circuit Court ruling that overturned the ban in 2016[2] and a U.S. District Court judge upheld the ban in 2018.[3]

California changed its rules before the 2018 election to allow persons other than family members to collect and submit ballots. Large last minute submissions of votes in the election delayed results and altered the outcome of several elections from the outcome indicated by initial results, swinging several races in favor of Democratic Party candidates.[4][5][6]

Ballot harvesting was alleged in North Carolina's 9th congressional district election in 2018.[7] The 2019 North Carolina's 9th congressional district special election is being held as a result.

Vote harvesting is illegal in Texas[8] and people have been prosecuted for doing it.[9]


  1. ^ Gomez, Luis. "What is 'ballot harvesting' and how was it used in California elections?".
  2. ^ Liptak, Adam (2016-11-05). "Arizona Can Ban 'Ballot Harvesting,' Supreme Court Says". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "Ban on 'ballot harvesting' in Arizona upheld by judge; Democrats vow to appeal".
  4. ^ "Democratic sweep in California raises GOP suspicion". 2018-11-30.
  5. ^ O'Reilly, Andrew (3 December 2018). "Ballot harvesting bounty: How Dems apparently used election law change to rout California Republicans". Fox News.
  6. ^ Board, The Times Editorial. "No, Republicans didn't lose in California because of ballot harvesting. But the practice is concerning".
  7. ^ Volz, Matt (7 December 2018). "Disputed House race puts spotlight on 'ballot harvesting'". AP NEWS.
  8. ^ "How to prevent vote harvesting". Pleasanton Express. April 25, 2019.
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