California governor Gavin Newsom announced on Friday that his state would issue a registered ballot for each November voter to every registered voter. Newsom issued the decision as an executive order in coordination with other California officials.
The ordinance stipulates that all of the county’s electoral officers must provide postal ballot papers to voters, but it also provides personal polling stations for Californians with disabilities who have no address due to homelessness and voters who require voting documents in a language other than English.
CA is now an email status poll.
Every registered voter receives a postal ballot paper for the November election.
We also offer secure personal voting options.
The right to vote is fundamental to our democracy. Nobody should be forced to risk their health to exercise this right.
– Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom), May 8, 2020
According to the regulation, the governor will coordinate with the Secretary of State and California legislature to make personal voting as safe as possible. In California, the Secretary of State is the chief election officer responsible for overseeing election equipment, security, and accessibility.
"Today we are the first country in the nation to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by sending a ballot to each registered voter," Foreign Minister Alex Padilla said of the decision. “We are meeting our commitment to hold safe, secure and accessible elections this November. Sending a ballot to every registered voter is a smart policy and absolutely right during this COVID-19 pandemic. "
With the upcoming elections in November, states are moving rapidly to adapt to the unique challenges posed by the general election amid a pandemic. The peak season provided a preview of the chaos that could occur for states that are not rethinking their electoral systems, especially in Wisconsin, where photos showed long lines and crowded polling stations. With many other states buying time by pushing back their own area codes, Wisconsin personally voted on the original date, despite warnings from health experts and concern among voters.
While some political figures – including President Trump – are trying to define postal voting as a partisan problem, the reality is that election officials in the red and blue states are trying to mail ballots to residents in November.
Email voting is already used as the primary voting method in Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Utah, and Hawaii, and election fraud incidents in these states – and in other states where postal voting is possible – are statistically negligible.