WASHINGTON – United States Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN), a member of the Senate Rules & Administration Committee, today offered an amendment during the committee’s markup of the Democrats’ “For the Politicians Act”, to strike the provision allowing ballot harvesting by persons who are paid, political operatives.
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“Under the Democrats’ bill, elections would be all about creating the largest machine of ballot harvesters—identifying favorable voters and mass-gathering their ballots door-to-door in densely populated areas for weeks preceding the election—not earning the support of voters by communicating your positions on important issues. A system in which elections are all about mass-harvesting ballots by people who have a strongly vested interest in the outcome is obviously susceptible to fraud and corruption and will destroy confidence in our elections,” Senator Hagerty said.
Click here to watch the full debate on Hagerty’s amendment. All Democrats on the committee voted against the amendment and in favor of allowing ballot harvesting by paid, political operatives.