California Gov. Newsom signs legislation making mail-in ballots permanent for all registered voters

California Gov. Newsom signed legislation Monday making a pandemic measure permanent to ensure mail ballots to all registered voters. 

This comes after Newsom signed legislation in February 2021 to extend mail-in ballots to the end of the years. This measure was originally put in place in May 2020 to have mail-in ballots for the 2020 presidential election (Axios). 

California joins with other states such as Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Vermont and Hawaii who have also put in place measures to send mail-in ballots to all registered voters by default (CBS SF Bay Area). 

Gov. Newsom found the universal mailing of ballots to increase voter representation saying in a statement “California is increasing voter access, expanding voting options and bolstering elections integrity and transparency.”

In response to this new measure California Secretary of State states “Vote-by-mail has significantly increased participation of eligible voters. Voters like having options for returning their ballot whether by mail, at a secure drop box, a voting center or at a traditional polling station.”

KTLA news sates with this new law in place ballots in California will go out at least 29 days before an election. Voters still have the option to forfeit their mail-in ballot if they would like to vote in person. 




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