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Bill targeting 'ballot harvesting' advances to full House

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Posted at 2:51 PM, Feb 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 18:10:33-05

BOISE, Idaho — A proposed law making it a felony in Idaho for a third party to collect and return multiple ballots to election officials is headed to the full House.

The House State Affairs Committee on Tuesday approved the measure involving “ballot harvesting” that has become a partisan flashpoint across the nation. More than half of states allow a third party to collect ballots, and political groups and campaigns from both parties have run ballot-collection programs.

The proposed Idaho law limits who can handle more than two ballots to election officials, U.S. postal service workers and parcel delivery services. A family member would be allowed to deliver no more than two ballots.