Every State, Every Vote: California Gov. Gavin Newsom Continues to Ensure Access to Fair and Secure Elections
On Wednesday, Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order to ensure access to safe in-person voting options ahead of the upcoming November election. The measure instructs counties to extend early voting to three days before Election Day and make ballot drop-box locations available between October 6 and November 3.
Gov. Newsom’s order is the second measure taken to ensure the availability of safe voting options during the COVID-19 pandemic. Last month, Gov. Newsom issued an executive order to mail every registered voter a ballot ahead of the November election.
Read more about Gov. Newsom’s executive order below and learn how Democratic governors are fighting to expand access to the ballot box at EveryStateEveryVote.com.
Los Angeles Times: Newsom orders new California in-person voting rules for November election
“Expanded vote-by-mail, coupled with ample in-person voting on and before Election Day, is the best formula for maintaining the accessibility, security, and safety of our election,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said in a written statement.
The order issued Wednesday allows those counties to provide a fraction of their normal in-person voting locations, focusing instead on larger facilities with voting devices safely spread out. The sites could include school gymnasiums and auditoriums, though a request made last month by elections officials to require schools to participate went unanswered.
“We are committed to protecting the hard-fought right for Californians to make their voices heard this November, even in the face of a pandemic,” Newsom said in a written statement.
Associated Press: California Sets In-Person Voting Rules Under Virus Threat
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday that California will establish hundreds of locations around the state where voters can cast ballots in-person, a month after he decided to send every registered voter a mail-in ballot for the November election.
The decision is an effort by the administration to balance the necessity of protecting public health during the coronavirus outbreak, while recognizing that some residents want, or need, to vote in person.
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday to expand the state’s number of polling places ahead of the November general election, which state officials expect to be affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
The executive order requires each county to offer at least one polling place for every 10,000 registered voters between Oct. 31 and Election Day on Nov. 3. The expansion is intended to reduce the number of voters at each location, allowing for shorter lines and smaller crowds.
California Governor Gavin Newsom today issued a proclamation declaring that in November’s general election, it will be required that at least one polling place in a county must allow for in-person, early voting on Oct. 31 until the election.
“We are committed to protecting the hard-fought right for Californians to make their voices heard this November, even in the face of a pandemic,” Newsom said.