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Ballot harvesting under scrutiny in California elections

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Posted at 5:56 PM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 20:56:35-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's ballot harvesting law is creating controversy this election year.

The law allows individuals to collect ballots from voters and return them to county election offices.

Republicans have set up unofficial drop boxes in some counties with closely contested U.S. House races. State officials say the boxes are illegal and have ordered the party to remove them.

But party leaders say they are using the boxes to collect ballots as the law allows.

At least one Democratic campaign is using neighborhood hubs where designated volunteers receive ballots at their homes from voters.