“Don’t Blame Ballot Harvesting Scandals On Drop Boxes”

Walter Olson at Cato defends the use of ballot drop boxes. While emphasizes that election integrity risks are largely limited to low-turnout local election, Olson concedes that there are “many genuine reasons to be concerned about the practice of so‐​called ballot harvesting.” Nevertheless, he argues that drop boxes are the solution not the problem.

“If improved security is the goal, we should want to encourage wider use of drop boxes in place of conventional post boxes. . . . Drop box receipt of ballots can readily be made much more secure than postal delivery.”

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