Democrat Tulsi Gabbard has come out in favor of ending the DemocRATS favorite “voter trick” called ballot harvesting, and if she runs in the future the way she speaks I might have to vote for her. I mean she’s pretty on point here, and she’s a war hero. Remember ballot harvesting can lead to a 3rd party to wander around and collect ballots and turn them in. Of course, this leaves a massive door open for fraud. President spoke out against ballot harvesting back in April.
GET RID OF BALLOT HARVESTING, IT IS RAMPANT WITH FRAUD. THE USA MUST HAVE VOTER I.D., THE ONLY WAY TO GET AN HONEST COUNT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2020
Now he has someone on the left who agrees with him, and yes it’s my new favorite democRAT Tulsi Gabbard who has just introduced a bill to stop illegal ballot harvesting. (LOVE HER) Gabbard said our votes matter and we can’t just hand them over to a 3rd party who could alter them or simply throw them out. Tulsi says that mail-in voter fraud is real and we need to address it. Well, I couldn’t agree more.
Being one of the few still sane members of the party sadly nobody in her party will join her in this fight because they know Joe can’t win on his own dementia merits, and also, Tulsi is retiring from politics, so any “common sense” the party had will be leaving when she does. That is sad too… Like I Said she speaks a lot of truth.
Several states have enacted some restrictions on the practice, while others have expressly allowed it or failed to regulate it at all. According to a 2019 analysis by Ballotpedia, 24 states and the District of Columbia permit someone chosen by the voter to return mail ballots on their own, with nine of those states adding some specific exceptions. Twelve states outline who specifically can return ballots (i.e., family members or caregivers); and one state explicitly requires only voters can return their ballots. Eleven states establish a limit on the number of ballots that a so-called “harvester” can return. Imposing restrictions on the practice has led to legal challenges. In Arizona, a federal appeals court upheld a ballot harvesting prohibition, despite a claim that it unfairly discriminated against minorities who might need help filling out their ballots.
Some prominent examples of ballot harvesting have already impacted national politics. In 2016, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law AB1921, which legalized ballot harvesting. Previously, only a family member or someone living in the same household was permitted to drop off mail ballots for a voter, but the new allowed anyone — including political operatives — to collect and return them for a voter. The move apparently led to results. In 2018, despite holding substantial leads on Election Day, many Republican candidates in California saw their advantages shrink, and then disappear, as late-arriving Democratic votes were counted in the weeks following the election. Many observers pointed to the Democrats’ use of ballot harvesting as a key to their success in the elections.
“Anecdotally, there was a lot of evidence that ballot harvesting was going on,” Neal Kelley, the registrar for voters in Southern California’s Orange County, told Fox News at the time. In Orange County — once seen as a Republican stronghold in the state — every House seat went to a Democrat after an unprecedented “250,000” vote-by-mail drop-offs were counted, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
“People were carrying in stacks of 100 and 200 of them. We had had multiple people calling to ask if these people were allowed to do this,” Kelley said. Orange County Republican Chairman Fred Whitaker said the ballot harvesting “directly caused the switch from being ahead on election night to losing two weeks later.” Later, in 2019, a GOP operative in North Carolina was arrested related to alleged ballot harvesting there.
“The evidence that we will provide today will show that a coordinated, unlawful and substantially resourced absentee ballot scheme operated in the 2018 general election” in parts of North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, former state elections director Kim Strach remarked at the time. The results in the race were eventually thrown out due to concerns of ballot harvesting and other fraud. Republican Dan Bishop ended up winning a September 2019 special election for the seat.