Ballot Collection Background
In its simplest form, Third Party Return of Voted Ballots, a.k.a ballot collection, is the collection of absentee and mail-in ballots by another individual, not a member of the voter's household. The collector is then responsible to deliver the collected ballots to county election offices or voting centers before the close of voting on Election Day.
The original intent of the ballot collections was to provide a vehicle to permit those unable to vote in person or lacked confidence in the mail-in process to submit their vote. Balloting collection was signed into law by Jerry Brown in 2016 and first used during the 2018 Mid-term Election.
Ballot collection is one of several, on-going, recommendations made by the Future of California Elections (FoCE) that have been enacted into law to streamline and modernize the election process in California. FoCE is represented as a non-partisan, nonprofit organization, more information is available at Future of California Elections.Read more