Ballot harvesting is a method of ballot box stuffing. Under the old law in many states, to obtain an absentee ballot required a voter signature and the signatures of two witnesses. With the requirement for two witness signatures eliminated, political operatives can obtain lists of inactive voters, which are publicly available. From these lists an absentee ballot can be obtained with a forged signature, then returned to a polling station by election day. In the 2018 midterm elections, tens and hundreds of thousands of harvested ballots in several states were returned.
- EXCLUSIVE: Audit Finds Signs of Fraud in New Mexico House Race, an example how ballot harvesting works.