On Friday, Representative Rodney Davis, a Republican from Illinois, introduces a bill that would fully ban the practice of ballot harvesting across the country. The term “ballot harvesting” refers to a practice that allows for any individual to deliver unlimited amounts of other people’s ballots on their behalf.
The practice was first utilized in California back in 2016, almost universally by Democrats. This is due to the fact that Republicans in California have been far less willing to allow for their ballots to be collected than Democrats. There is currently no federal law pertaining to ballot harvesting, but almost every other state or municipality has banned the practice.
During the 2018 midterms, Democrats utilized ballot harvesting to successfully flip seven previously Republican seats in California. This is highly unfair due to the fact that federal election laws should be universal as each seat is equal. In almost every other state or municipality in the U.S, only immediate family members are able to deliver ballots on the behalf of others. Since different practices are utilized in California than the rest of the nation, the practice is highly controversial.
Additionally, the practice of ballot harvesting allows for fraud. Ballot harvesting allows for individuals with political motives to go into the homes of American voters unsupervised by election officials while said voter(s) complete their ballots. There is absolutely no way to ensure the integrity of elections that utilize ballot harvesting.
Representative Davis’s bill would end the practice of ballot harvesting across the nation for the 2020 election. However, Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has included quite the opposite law in every round of stimulus packages that has passed the Democrat controlled House of Representatives.
Pelosi has included nationwide ballot harvesting opportunities in every stimulus package she has voted for. Thankfully, none of the ballot harvesting aspects of her bills have become law. Ballot harvesting is a dangerous political tactic that should be universally banned due to the immense potential for fraud.