Kim Reynolds, the Iowa state governor, passed a bill on June 8th which banned ballot harvesting. This is an extended version from the bill she passed in March regarding absentee ballots.
She made no remarks during the signing of the bill, but stated “it’s our duty and responsibility to protect the integrity of every election.” The bill from March also tried to prevent voter fraud by regulating the early ballots and absentee ballots. It also creates the position of a “delivery agent” to a blind or disabled voter, who cannot help with more than two voters in an election.
The goal of this is to help with the amount of people who get their hands on these ballots. During the election season in 2020, there were many speculations from the right that there had been voter fraud. Due to these speculations, certain areas enforced laws to help prevent any voter fraud going forward. Many states are now creating bills to enforce stricter ballot counting [Werther News].
According to Pew Research, a slim majority of voters (54%) say they voted in person this November, compared with 46% who voted by absentee or mail-in ballot. COVID was a huge deal in 2020, making in-person voting less common amongst Americans. This could be a trend going forward as well.
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