California will now send every registered voter a mail-in ballot for November elections, in light of coronavirus concerns
- Registered voters in California will now get mail-in-ballots for the November elections, Governor Gavin Newsom announced.
- California is now a vote by mail state.
- The measure comes in light of safety concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.
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California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Friday that all registered voters will be able to vote by mail for the upcoming November election.
Every registered voter in the state will get a mail-in-ballot for the upcoming election, in light of coronavirus concerns.
“The right to vote is foundational to our democracy. No one should be forced to risk their health to exercise that right,” Newsom wrote in a tweet.
—Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) May 8, 2020
According to the Los Angeles Times, Newsom also imposed “strict new rules” for voters heading to polling places.
California has 20.6 million registered voters, the LA Times reported. The measure would only be applicable for the November elections.
The state already had “generous rules for absentee voting since 2002, allowing voters to opt for permanent voting by mail regardless of the reason,” the outlet reported.
The LA Times also added that health officials don’t believe the coronavirus outbreak would “subside enough” …continued .
[Source: Business Insider]