Hise sponsors bill addressing absentee ballots
RALEIGH – The procedure for requesting North Carolina absentee ballots would be altered and request records would become confidential in legislation advancing after an investigation into a congressional election last fall.
The Senate’s elections committee voted on Monday for the measure, which would eliminate a statewide absentee ballot request form that can be mass copied, filled out and turned in to local county boards. Now, individuals would have to write personal requests.
Rolls of absentee ballot requesters would now stay private until Election Day.
Sponsor Sen. Ralph Hise, R-Spruce Pine, says the bill seeks to discourage illegal "harvesting," when someone takes another person's actual mail-in ballot, either to fill it out or destroy it. Absentee irregularity evidence led the State Board of Elections to order a new election in the 9th Congressional District.