‘Ballot harvesting’ a now a felony

Activist forCitizens for a Better Arizona delivers dozens of primary ballots to elections HQ in 2014 /Photo- A.J. LaFaro
Activist forCitizens for a Better Arizona delivers dozens of primary ballots to elections HQ in 2014 /Photo- A.J. LaFaro

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services/Arizona Daily Star

Saying it will maintain election integrity, Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday signed legislation to make felons out of those who collect the ballots of others to bring them to the polls.

HB 2023, which takes effect later this year, will allow judges to impose a presumptive one-year prison term and potential $150,000 fine for the practice by civic and political groups of going out to see if people remembered to return the early ballots they had requested by mail.

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