The Legislature has made "Ballot Harvesting" illegal. The need for the bill certainly seems obvious, after all, why certify people to handle ballots if it's still legal for uncertified people to go door-to-door and collect thousands of ballots? How was that legal to begin with?
However, here's the more likely scenario. Tell me if this is OK.
What if I have $50,000 and want to make the most difference in the balance of power in Arizona? Fifty thousand dollars of advertising wouldn't make much of a difference anywhere in the state. But how about this trick. I decide that that the most valuable Republican voter is in Tempe. Finding new Republican voters from Tempe would allow me to influence the District 26 Legislative races and Kyrsten Sinema's congressional race.
The next step is to rent a booth at the Annual Tempe Craft Fair, hire folks to run it and put up a sign that says "Repeal Obamacare: Sign the Petition". Naturally, my guys are not going to get a lot of Democrats expressing interest, so when someone says they want to sign the petition or even asks about the petition, my staff asks them if they are registered to vote. If not, we register them to vote and then have them fill out an early ballot request form. Naturally, we turn every form, and if new Democrats register, then so be it. However, our new voters will be overwhelmingly Republican. Let's say that I manage to register 3,000 Republicans and 400 Democrats
I copy all of the Republican names and when the County mails the early ballots, I send out a post card to remind my new Republicans that they need to vote. Then, for the next several weeks, I check the county list to see who still has their ballots and I send out the same reminders... Finally, a couple days before the election, I get the final list of the 1,500 or so new Republican voters who still haven't voted...and I instruct my workers to go to their house and ask for their ballot. If the voteers say that they aren't ready, or haven't filled out the ballot, my guys are happy to wait. Or we can come back this afternoon....or tomorrow morning.
That type of activity is harassment cloaked in "convenience." While my new Republican friends have a right to vote, they also have a right not to have someone pester them until they vote. And if they aren't interested in this cycle, they don't have to return their ballot. Sending my guys to their house and demanding that they turn over their ballot is a violation of their rights as well.
That's what this bill is really about.