Upholding Election Integrity: State Outlaws Ballot Harvesting – Intercessors for America

This is a significant piece of legislation that will strengthen Alabama’s elections and restore confidence in the results. Praise God!

From The Epoch Times. In what Republicans have pitched as enhancing Alabama’s election security, GOP Gov. Kay Ivey officially signed Senate Bill 1 (SB1) into law on March 20, a decision that has sparked a broad spectrum of reactions across the state.

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Sponsored by State Senator Garlan Gudger and State Representative Jamie Kiel, SB1 (pdf) introduces stringent measures against the practice of ballot harvesting …

Under the bill, a person could be convicted of a Class C felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, if they knowingly receive payment or gift for handling someone else’s absentee ballot application, such as pre-filling it.

It is also now a Class B felony for someone to pay a third party to pre-fill or handle an absentee ballot application, with the possibility of up to 20 years in prison.

There are exceptions to SB1 for people who require assistance if they are disabled, blind, or unable to read or write, as well as overseas military personnel.

‘No Funny Business’

Upon the enactment of SB1, Ms. Ivey emphasized the state’s dedication to upholding the sanctity of free and fair elections in her state.

“Here in Alabama, we are committed to ensuring our elections are free and fair. I commend Secretary of State Wes Allen, as well as members of the Alabama Legislature for making election security a priority, and I am proud to officially sign Senate Bill 1 into law,” Ms. Ivey said in a statement. “Under my watch, there will be no funny business in Alabama elections.” …

Support and Opposition

As SB1 becomes law, Alabama finds itself at the heart of a national conversation about election security, voter rights, and the balance between preventing fraud and ensuring broad electoral participation.

With both sides entrenched in their views, the debate over SB1 reflects wider national tensions around voting practices and election integrity.

The Alabama Republican Party, through its Chairman John Wahl, expressed gratitude toward the governor, secretary of state, and legislature for their swift action, viewing SB1 as a critical measure in safeguarding the electoral process from practices like ballot harvesting. …

Conversely, state Democrats, the Alabama ACLU, and other critics argue that SB1 addresses a non-existent problem, potentially harming voter turnout and limiting voting rights. …

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