Controversial ballot harvesting legislation that caused significant stir in the 2023 regular legislative session has already been pre-filed for the 2024 legislation.
According to former Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, greater community involvement will help keep elections more secure.
Kiel said the legislation would help crack down on ballot harvesting and shore up the most vulnerable aspect of Alabama’s elections.
House Bill 209 (HB209), legislation sponsored by State Rep. Jamie Kiel (R-Russellville), which would have cracked down on ballot harvesting, did not get a vote on the State Senate floor last week before the 2023 legislative session ended.
Sine die came and went without House Bill 209 (HB209), legislation that would have cracked down on so-called ballot harvesting, getting a vote on the State Senate floor.
Legislation establishing criminal penalties for certain types of absentee ballot assistance died in the Senate after never making it on the calendar for a vote in the last days of the session.
Legislation establishing criminal penalties for certain types of absentee ballot assistance is still very much alive or dead depending on who you ask with one day remaining in the legislative session.
Amended absentee ballot legislation is still “very much alive,” according to State Rep. Jamie Kiel (R-Russellville).
The hotly debated bill designed to crack down on ballot harvesting has passed a Senate committee with amendments after holding a public hearing for critics to voice concerns.
Last week, the House of Representatives passed legislation to crack down on ballot harvesting. House Bill 209, sponsored by State Rep. Jamie Kiel (R-Russellville), passed in the lower chamber by a 76-28 vote and now awaits debate in the Alabama Senate.
Controversial legislation designed to crack down on ballot harvesting passed the Alabama House of Representatives after vigorous Democratic protest.