Arizona Senate passes bill outlawing early ballot collection

PHOENIX (AP) — The state Senate has adopted a proposal that would make it a felony to collect and drop off someone else's ballot in most cases.

The measure's outcome could impact the state's general and primary elections if the bill is enacted before elections take place.

Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita sponsored the proposal that would make it a Class 6 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."

There is no evidence that voter-outreach groups have ever tampered with or tossed early ballots.

The Senate approved House Bill 2023 on a 17-12 vote Wednesday. It now moves to the governor's desk.

HB 2023: Delivery; early ballots; limitation
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