House to debate early ballot collection measure

Posted at 6:28 AM, Feb 04, 2016

The House is set to debate a measure that would block voter-outreach groups from collecting and dropping off early ballots.

Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita of Scottsdale sponsored the measure that would make it a felony for anyone but a family member, roommate, caregiver, postal worker or candidate to collect early ballots from another person in an act sometimes called "ballot harvesting."

House Bill 2023 revives a key part of a major 2013 election law that was overturned after voters collected more than 146,000 signatures to halt the law.

At least 14 states restrict who can return a ballot and how ballots many they can collect. Arizona and Texas have no limits on how many ballots a person can collect.

The House is set to debate the measure Thursday afternoon.