Ballot Harvesting Bill Goes to Governor

Republicans softened a proposal to make it harder for people and groups to collect and deliver voters’ absentee ballots, but did not address Democrats’ objections before the measure cleared the Legislature.

The bill would make it a misdemeanor for people to deliver more than 10 absentee ballots for others, and it would prohibit candidates from collecting and delivering the absentee ballots of anyone other than immediate family members.

An earlier version of the bill would have limited people to delivering five ballots and a violation a felony.

The bill goes next to Governor Laura Kelly, who hasn’t said whether she plans to sign or veto it.

Republicans argued that allowing people to deliver dozens of absentee ballots increases the risk that some will be lost or deliberately altered or thrown away.

Democrats said a lack of evidence of actual fraud in Kansas shows that the measure is unnecessary.