Election boss Condos bans ‘ballot harvesting’ by candidates, but says it’s okay for others - VT Digger

The Legislature and Sec. Jim Condos turned a deaf ear to any concerns about fraudulent ballot harvesting during consideration of S348, the universal voting-by-mail law. But a recent decision by Condos said candidates will not be allowed to collect and deliver ballots. It’s okay for anyone else, though - presumably including VPIRG and other activist organizations.

"The announcement comes as absentee ballot requests are at a record high in the state amid the coronavirus pandemic. As of 3 p.m. Monday, 81,891 residents had requested an absentee ballot for the Aug. 11 primary election — a mammoth sum that is more than double the total number of absentee votes in the 2016 and 2018 primaries combined. Condos was granted unilateral authority by the Legislature to change election procedures this year after he and Gov. Phil Scott struggled to come to an agreement on expanding mail-in voting. Currently, Vermont state law permits anyone to collect and turn in another person’s sealed absentee ballot. During deliberations over expanding mail-in voting, some Republican lawmakers raised concerns about the practice, which is known as “ballot harvesting.” Condos said Monday that he plans to bar candidates and campaign staffers from collecting constituents’ ballots, but would allow others to continue the practice.."

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  • Rob Roper
    commented 2020-07-15 12:26:58 -0400
    Condos is the most partisan SOS we’ve ever seen. Allowing VPIRG, Right & Democracy, etc. to go door to door “harvesting” ballots is a white hot mess waiting to happen.