The California government has announced that it will vote by mail during the 2020 federal election amid concerns about the spread of COVID-19, according to cNET, amedia outlet. California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Friday morning that would allow all registered voters to receive postal ballots. Newsom said at the noon briefing that there will still be some physical polling stations, but that they will be bound by guidelines designed to protect the health of voters. His briefing also kicked off the second phase of California’s reopening of voting.
“There are a lot of people who are worried and anxious about the November election, and we’ll make sure you can vote in a safe way,” Mr Newsom said. “We are reaching out to all registered, eligible voters, giving them the opportunity not to travel to a concentrated environment where their health may be at risk, but to provide additional assets and additional resources by mail.” “The postage for the ballot papers is prepaid.
California Secretary of State Alex Padilla says it has great benefits for health, voter rights and voter participation. Mr Newsom said the state had conducted “multi-month testing on the mail-order voting system. . . Start with this pandemic. “
For those who are not accustomed to using mail-order ballots or have disabilities or other problems that cannot be voted by mail, Newsom said California will still have “an appropriate number of physical sites for people to vote on.” The governor said there would be a “very detailed plan” by the end of the month on how to ensure that physical polling sites protect voters.