More states are expected to allow third party ballot collections
If the RNC needs convincing evidence to change policy, it should look no farther than California. The state’s GOP flipped four congressional seats taken by the Democrats in 2018. The California Republican Party (CRP) outmaneuvered the Democrats by appropriating the Democratic Party’s vote-by-mail and ballot collection operations.
They synchronized a massive voter contact program with an absentee ballot collection operation. Their ballot-harvesting strategy included placing drop boxes in local churches, shopping centers, and other friendly locations. One person was assigned to each box to collect votes and hand them over to voting officials.
Yet, at the same time, the Republican National Committee (RNC) was vigorously opposing third-party ballot collection and called ballot harvesting on its website, ProtectTheVote.org, "unacceptable".
But, quietly the RNC was collaborating with the California Republican Party in the use of the Democrats’ ballot harvesting tactics, including third party pickups and ballot drop boxes.