California Democrats only oppose “ballot harvesting” when “someone else is doing it,” according to California Republican Party (CRP) Chairwoman Jessica Patterson, speaking to journalists on Wednesday afternoon.
The CRP held a press conference to respond to a “cease and desist” letter from California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Secretary of State Alex Padilla earlier this week telling the party “to stop operating unofficial ballot drop boxes.”
Republicans have pushed back, noting that they are simply using the same laws that Democrats passed for their own benefit.
“Ballot harvesting” allows third parties to collect other people’s mail-in ballots and hand them in. There is no limit on the number of ballots that they can turn in.
A new 2018 modification requires such ballots to be counted regardless of whether the harvester has identified themselves on the envelope.
Democrats took Republicans by surprise in 2018, the first election in which the practice